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School Feeding Program impacts the lives of half a million people

FFK 03012017 editedThe program is implemented by ADPP and Planet Aid and funded by the USDA and has significantly improved the quality of life and education in the covered schools and surrounding communities in the districts of Manhiça, Magude, Moamba and Matutuine.

About half a million people in the districts of Manhiça, Magude, Moamba and Matutuine benefited directly from the actions developed in the first phase (2013-2016) of the Food for Knowledge (FFK) program, funded by the Department of Agriculture Of the United States of America (USDA) and implemented by ADPP Mozambique and by Planet Aid, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Development of Mozambique.

This program aims to improve school performance through attendance and improvement of reading and writing skills and focuses on School Feeding and also includes Water and Sanitation, Kitchens and Warehouses Construction, Extracurricular Activities Clubs, School Gardens and Production, Nutrition Education and Reading and Writing Reinforcement components.

In this first phase, about 80,000 children from the 269 primary schools received daily school meals as a result of USDA assistance through school feeding. Since the beginning of the project, 33.360,000 meals have been distributed, corresponding to 3,336 tons of corn and soybean meal mixture.

This project is based on the assumption that school meals motivates students to go to school and improves their attendance; helps to increase the student's attention during class; and supports global cognitive development.

To facilitate its implementation, the project has created school feeding committees, which include, among its members, teachers, parents, community members and children themselves. These committees are responsible for the preparation and distribution of meals.