Girls at an eastern Afghanistan primary school. WFP's school feeding is a powerful incentive for parents to send their children to school. Photo Credit: WFP/Sadeq Naseri

HealthSociety Afghanistan23. January 2024

Schools Receive Funding to Ensure Their Children Are Fed

The European Union financially supports school feeding for nearly two million children in Afghanistan.

“Many children in Afghanistan come to school without breakfast and WFP’s [the United Nation’s World Food Program] school feeding program provides their first meal of the day. School feeding is an important part of our activities in the country, where 15 million people – or one third of the population – do not know where their next meal will come from,” says Deputy Country Director of WFP Afghanistan, Harald Mannhardt.

The EU has allocated an additional 9.9 million Euros to the United Nations World Food Program. This money will provide schoolchildren with fortified morning biscuits containing essential fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals essential to children’s growth and development. Additionally, some children are set to receive daily rations of bread, dried fruits, and nuts, among other items, as well as take-home rations to benefit families. The WFP program was launched over two decades ago to ensure food security and better nutrition among school-aged children. Over the last two years, the EU has dedicated more than 20 million Euros to the program.

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