WFP has begun its collaboration with Jordan's Ministry of Education to distribute locally produced date bars and fresh fruits to 320,000 school children in the most vulnerable and food insecure areas. The project, worth US$17 million, will last until May 2017.
Six-year-old Rana enjoys her date bar snack, part of WFP's support to Jordan's national school feeding project. The governments of the Russian Federation and Canada provided the funds that aim to benefit 320,000 school children - half of them girls.
As part of its assistance to the government, WFP is helping the Ministry of Education develop a sustainable national school feeding system. The ministry distributes WFP’s locally-produced date bars along with fresh fruit in schools in the most vulnerable and food insecure areas and also distribute high-energy biscuits produced in bakeries run by Jordan’s armed forces.