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Really Good School Dinner

Our campaign with the World Food Programme to make sure children in developing countries get a meal at school

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Food for thought:

  • There are 67 million children around the world who don’t attend school.
  • Poor families must often choose between sending their children to school or to work in the fields.
  • A daily school meal gives them an incentive to send children to school.

That’s why, together with the World Food Programme, we run the Really Good School Dinner.

It’s really simple: when your pupils buy a school dinner here, they donate a little bit extra. WFP uses their donations to help provide hungry children in the developing world with a free school meal – giving them the chance of a brighter future.

This year our suggested donation is 20p: currently the average cost for WFP to provide a school meal.

We know money’s tight for everyone right now, but for families in developing countries rising food prices, natural disasters and conflict can be devastating. That’s why any support you can give is so important.

Since the campaign began, children in the UK have helped to raise more than £28,000 to provide meals for children in countries like Kenya, Haiti and Afghanistan. It’s a great way to introduce children to the challenge we face in feeding a hungry world.

As war continues to engulf Syria, WFP needs your support more than ever. 1 million Syrian children have been forced to flee the country. WFP is supporting school feeding programmes in Jordan and Iraq, where thousands of Syrian children now live in refugee camps.

Meet Alaa:

WFP picture of Alaa for Really Good School Dinner Alaa is six years old and originally from Homs in Syria. She now lives in a refugee camp in Jordan with her mother, Manal and father, Mustafa. Manal was a teacher and Mustafa had an internet café in Homs before the war. The family fled in 2012 when fighting intensified and they started hearing stories of children being kidnapped and maltreated. Manal says they fled Homs with two suitcases and clothes for 10 days. Her main regret is leaving behind Alaa’s favourite toy, a doll that she used to dress and give baths.

Alaa now attends school in the camp. At break time, WFP provides pupils with highly nutritious date bars. Teachers have noted the rise in concentration levels as a result, while school attendances have also improved. Alaa saves her date bar for later, when she shares it with her mother.

Help Alaa by joining a Really Good School Dinner
We’d love to have as many schools, nurseries, children’s centres, childminders and other childcare providers involved as possible.

What do I do?

  • Register to say that you are taking part.
  • Choose a day or week to run your Really Good School Dinner. Lots of schools run theirs in February, others on World Food Day, or you might want to choose another time later in the year – it’s entirely up to you!
  • Invite your pupils to donate 20p extra for the school meal they have on your campaign day, or on any day during your campaign week.
  • Add up all of the 20ps you collect, then donate your total through our Really Good School Dinner JustGiving page, or send a cheque of your total made payable to the ‘World Food Programme’, to: The World Food Programme, Strand Bridge House, 138-142 Strand, London, WC2R 1HH.
  • If you have any questions please email nina.valente@wfp.org or call WFP on 0207 240 9001

We've got some great resources to help you run a Really Good School Dinner!

Lesson plan: The Hunger Obstacle Course

Lesson plan: The Hunger Tree

Story - Stone Soup

Download or view the interactive WFP Hunger Map, which shows which countries are facing serious hunger issues - and why

Factsheet: The World Food Programme's work on school meals

Factsheet: Fighting Hunger Worldwide

And some great videos:

Nutrition explained in 2 minutes:

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Hunger: The World's Greatest Solvable Problem

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Molly is a young girl who lives in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya. She's just one of the many children who receive a meal in school, thanks to the work of the World Food Programme. You can learn more about Molly, and take a quiz about her life, here.