An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A school meal a day keeps the doctor, police and human rights lawyer at bay.
Children all over the world, especially in the poorer countries or conflict territories go to school without the benefit of a proper meal or a meal, period. A school meal can often represent the only nutritious meal in a child’s day. This contributes to many negative attributes in the child.
Some of the negatives are malnutrition, hunger, short attendance span, absenteeism, poor pupil behavior and a reduced ability to learn and achieve. Children who eat a nutritious meal have shown marked increase in all the aforementioned areas.
Read the full post on the CFS blog here.
This blog post covers the CFS44 side event: “Changing lives, nourishing dreams: Regional Initiative for School Meals and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa”
Blogpost by Allan Watts, #CFS44 Social Reporter – serpy316(at)gmail.com
Photo Credit : Lance Cheung, US Department of Agriculture on Flickr
This post is part of the live coverage during the 44rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security, a social media project supported by GFAR. This post is written by one of our social reporters, and represents the author’s views only.