On 25 September, Bill Clinton announced a landmark private sector investment in school meals. Part of the commitment is a 5 year, US$80-million cash pledge from YUM! Brands to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger-related organisations. This means WFP will be able to provide meals to hundreds of thousands of children in school. This transpired at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The CGI was formed in 2005 to provide a platform for action for global leaders from the private sector, NGOâ??s, and governments, to devise and implement solutions to global challenges.
The WFP also announced a commitment to provide meals to a further one million children each school day. The agency will identify and promote best practices in school feeding. A worldwide competition will also be launched to stimulate the development of innovative products that are nutrition-packed, sanitary, and locally produced. WFP pledged to increase local purchase of foods by 10 percent and promote “home grown school feeding” as far as possible. The aim is to support nations to take over their school programs.
WFPâ??s â??Fill the Cup’ campaign was launched this year, to raise funds and awareness about the 59 million primary school age children, in developing countries, attending school hungry. Drew Barrymore is the WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, spreading the word about the benefits of WFP school meals.
For more information about hunger and the World Food Programme, visit www.wfp.org
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