Food is Essential, Empower School Feeding Programs

Food, a basic need has proven so scarce considering the current challenges arising from the climate change crisis that’s overwhelming the world’s population lately. Students basically are not able to concentrate and keep up with their studies while straining from starvation.

The Food4Education initiative has chipped in by providing healthy nutritious meals for children at the cost of 15 cents, among the cheapest in Kenya. Wawira Njiru, a nutritionist, entrepreneur, and founder of Food4Education believes that providing a healthy lunch to children will impact their school attendance and development.

A journey she has embarked on seeking to see the success of the school feeding program to cushion learners from hunger probabilities. Evident is a discovery that schools that are enrolled in school feeding programs consistently have up to 20% better performance than schools that are not enrolled always in school feeding programs, according to Wawira’s research.

“Consistently providing food of high-quality nutrition value for 15 cents allows these children to have one very solid meal that they can have in a day and continue with learning and growing,” Wawira told CNN in the latest episode of Inside Africa.

Citing that before the pandemic, Food4Education was providing meals to around 10,000 children. Now, they are providing meals to around 40 to 50,000 children every single day, with an increased number of kitchens and some in the pipeline with no plan to stop there just yet.

“We’re looking to double that in the next year to 100,000 children and reach a million kids every single day in the next five years”, Wawira shares.

Wawira founder of Food4Education with learners

To reach this goal, the company is taking advantage of modern technology such as an LPG system that supports large cooking vessels and can cook rice for around 800 children.

Ingredients are sourced from local farmers, and Wawira hopes to work with the government and other groups to further this initiative in the future as she believes that empowering the current generation is ensuring a secure future.

“We know that school meals are subsidized across the world from the US, the UK, to India, to South Africa, and school meal subsidies are really transformational when invested right by the government to ensure that there’s universal access to school meals and ensuring that more kids, no matter which public school they go to, have access to meals,” urged Wawira.

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