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Our Impact

Children smiling in class in Liberia

Our Impact

A child with the energy to attend and concentrate during lessons can achieve the incredible.

The canteen is important because it provides a stable frequency rate at the schools, because the students can count on a warm meal. This gives them peace of mind.
Lindor Mackenson School Feeding Supervisor, Haiti

Assessing our impact

Our five-year research project observed our school feeding programme in two of our largest country programmes: Malawi and Zambia.

We spoke to children, teachers, parents and volunteers in each country to find out more about the difference school meals are making. Our findings showed that the meals we serve every school day have the power to impact child hunger and children’s energy and wellbeing and to increase school enrolment and improve attendance.

Although our focus will always centre around the children we serve, the impact of our work on communities is also significant, and the generosity and dedication of our volunteers and local communities is intrinsic to our approach to school feeding.

A volunteer cook at Magwero School for the Deaf in Chipata, Eastern Zambia

In 2022, we further strengthened our ability to monitor and learn from our programmes in Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Liberia by embedding a consistent evaluation approach with key child-specific indicators.

School feeding programmes are widely recognised as a cost-effective way to tackle poverty by addressing the immediate needs of hungry children and contributing to the long-term development of their communities. We conduct research annually to show the ongoing impact of our work. View our latest findings here. 

A boy in Kenya waters a plant
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We're now serving 2,429,182 children every school day.

But 67 million primary school-age children are out of school around the world. Even for those attending school, hunger is one of the biggest barriers to concentration and learning.