Global Child Nutrition Forum: A Catalyst for School Feeding
Globally more than 350 million school-aged children are severely hungry and over 115 million of them do not attend school. The number continues to grow exacerbated by recent food and economic conditions. More must be done to expand school feeding programs that serve as lifelines to millions of disadvantaged children throughout the world.
Rethinking School Feeding: School Feeding, Social Safety Nets and the Education Sector positions school feeding globally as an essential and high priority health and education program. Today it includes meals, clean water, safe food, deworming latrines, take home rations for vulnerable families and markets for local farm production.
The George McGovern – Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program has been recognized for the namesakes' leadership in promoting international school feeding programs and increasing school attendance especially for girls. In many cases children are only able to attend and stay in school when food is provided. The success of the McGovern-Dole Program has lead to increased support internationally. The United Nations now considers school feeding programs as vital to the advancement of developing nations and one of the key recommendations for meeting their Millennium Development Goals.