Every Kid Fed Expands to Africa
Every Kid Fed has been committed to the eradication of malnutrition in schools domestically, and we're happy to announce our international expansion, continuing our quest to end child hunger.
As children around the globe begin another school year, millions of students in the poorest countries (and even some in wealthy countries) will turn up for classes on an empty stomach, making it difficult for them to learn and continue their schooling. According to the World Food Program, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
We knew that donating food to school lunch programs can make a world of difference. It encourages kids to come to school, gives them energy to learn, and improves their overall health. The benefits don’t stop at the classroom door. Economic modeling shows that every US$1 invested in school meals programs brings a US$3-10 economic return from improved health, education and productivity. And a new research paper by the World Food Program found that school meals can contribute to help achieving the Global Goals, including ending hunger, quality education, and gender equality and indirectly to reducing poverty.
Every Kid Fed will be partnering with local government and non-governmental organizations in Kenya and Malawi to provide shelf-stable packaged meals comprised of dehydrated rice and vegetables with 23 essential vitamins and minerals, along with fortified peanut butter paste for malnourished children. We're excited about this new expansion and want to sincerely thank all of our wonderful sponsors and donations from supporters all around the U.S.!
-The Every Kid Fed Team