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School Lunches Vital to Children's Health, Education says World Food Program

Date Published: 
05/29/2013
Summary: 

Educators in low-income areas everywhere struggle with one of the most basic hurdles to teaching children - students showing up to school hungry. The U.N. World Food Program said in its 2013 State of School Feeding Worldwide report that supplying meals and snacks to students is a proven benefit, but that the programs are still not reaching children who need them most. (..) "School meals are a crucially important part and play a huge role in schools around the world. It means, in practicalities, kids can concentrate. (..) Girls will have fewer children if they have school meals and an education; they marry at a later stage," stated Bettina Luescher, World Food Program spokesperson.