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WFP Food Aid Programs

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School Feeding  /  Fill the Cup

In countries where school attendance is low, the promise of at least one nutritious meal each day boosts enrolment and promotes regular attendance. Parents are motivated to send their children to school instead of keeping them at home to work or care for siblings. In the poorest parts of the world, a school feeding programme can double primary school enrolment in one year. Among the key beneficiaries are girls, who otherwise may never be given the opportunity to learn.  
 Porridge, rice or beans -- it takes just 25 cents to fill one of the Red Cups that WFP uses to give hungry kids regular school meals. US$50 feeds a child for an entire school year.

Mother and Child Health

Maternal health and nutrition during pregnancy promote foetal development and reduce the risk of low birthweight, stunting and wasting; reduction of micronutrient deficiency in pregnant women is linked to reduced risk of death during childbirth. Children between 6 and 24 months are most vulnerable to malnutrition because of poor childcare and increased risk of infection; in this age group particularly, improved childcare, health and nutrition practices promote healthy development and increase catch-up growth.

The major objectives of the project are to improve the nutritional status of:

  • children between 6 and 24 months; children under 6 months are supported indirectly through the support given to their mothers, who are encouraged to breastfeed infants exclusively for at least 6 months;
  • women six months before giving birth;
  • lactating women up to 6 months after giving birth.

This is to be achieved by providing a fortified food ration to enrich the beneficiaries’ diet.

Rice will be used as an incentive for women to attend health centres and for village volunteers to carry out growth monitoring, health and nutrition education and food distribution.

Haiti Crisis: as of 3 March 2009

  • Haiti is still struggling to recover from a series of ferocious tropical storms and hurricanes that struck the country in August-September 2008. Hundreds of people died, vast portions of arable land were destroyed, roads and food stocks were washed away.
  • In all, some 165,000 families were affected through the loss of homes and livelihoods, most of them in and around the town of Gonaives. By the end of January 2009, WFP had provided food assistance to more than 700,000 beneficiaries who had suffered as a result of these natural disasters.
  • Pockets of severe malnutrition were identified and, from these remote regions, WFP evacuated by helicopter severely malnourished children for medical care. Vulnerable families in areas such as the Baie d’Orange in the south-east were provided with food assistance, including high energy biscuits.
  • WFP’s nutrition strategy is now shifting from large scale relief distributions to more targeted support including food-for-work activities, a school feeding programme, and mother and child health and nutrition interventions.

Darfur Crisis : situation as of 3 March 2009

  • WFP aims to provide assistance to 5.9 million people in Sudan in 2009, including 3.8 million conflict-affected people in Darfur, 1.2 million in the South and 900,000 in the rest of Sudan. 
  • WFP’s emergency operation plans to provide some 677,000 tons of food to the 5.9 million people at a total cost of US$830 million in 2009. In 2008, WFP assisted over 6 million people in Sudan – 65 percent of them in Darfur.
  • Hijackings of WFP-contracted trucks have decreased so far in 2009 after a plague of bandit attacks in 2008 that slashed deliveries of food.
  • WFP food was distributed in January to 85,000 out of the estimated 115,000 people displaced or affected by clashes between government forces and rebels in the area around Muhajeriya and Shearia in South Darfur.
  • In April, WFP will start Blanket Supplementary Feeding for 300,000 children in North Darfur – an area that traditionally has the highest prevalence of acute malnutrition particularly during the lean season before the harvest. 


One person can make a difference!
Consider that:

can feed a hungry person for a month.

$50 can feed a child in school for the entire academic year.  

$100 can feed a class of 25 students for a month.

$500 can build a school garden supplying children with fresh nutritious produce.

$1000 can provide emergency rations to nearly 2000 people  








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