Philippines: Into Schools And Out Of Hunger -- Emergency School Feeding
Parents join hand-in-hand to prepare on-site school meals for their children. Since the typhoon disrupted their livelihoods, WFP's Emergency School Feeding programme allows these parents to have one less stomach to worry about.
Since diet and nutrition play a critical role in the physical and intellectual development of children, the Department of Education and WFP ensure that school meals are nutritionally balanced.
Parents not only help prepare the food, they also join for the distribution, giving them a chance to observe their child’s development.
Studies show it is more difficult for children to learn without adequate food and nutrition. The Emergency School Feeding Programme ensures that children can concentrate on their studies instead of on their stomachs.
In the typhoon-affected areas, many people struggle to provide enough food for their families. Emergency School Feeding ensures that children, often the most vulnerable from a nutrition point of view, receive adequate food and nutrition.
Every day at noon, students in the most heavily affected areas receive a hot nutritious meal. No one will be left hungry!
The Emergency School Feeding programme is a strong incentive to send children to school so that their education continues uninterrupted.
Villiarosa, a mother of two boys from Compostela Valley, stands in a destroyed classroom. Her family, involved in banana planting before typhoon Pablo, lost their main source of livelihood since all banana plantations in the area were completely destroyed. They receive support in form of general food distributions and she now also helps to provide school meals for her two boys.
WFP’s Emergency School Feeding Programme, conducted in partnership with the Department of Education, is now up and running in the areas most heavily affected by Typhoon Bopha, where many people have completely lost their livelihoods and thus worry about providing enough food for their families.
This Emergency School Feeding Programme targets over 79,000 children in more than 260 schools, and aims to give these students a hot nutritious meal every day!