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Benefits Of School Feeding Programs To The Community

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Written by Sophie Atieno

According to the World Bank,” a school feeding program is a targeted social safety net that provides benefits both educational as well as health related ones to vulnerable children thus causing a rise in their enrollment rates, a reduction in cases of absenteeism and improving the food security situation at the household level.

School feeding programs have so many positive impacts to the community and on today’s post, we will be highlighting some of the benefits of school feeding programs to the community. You’ll be able to learn a bit more today, of course hoping that you learnt quite a bit on benefits of volunteering that build leadership skills  from our last post.

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Here are some benefits of school feeding programs

It promotes higher school attendance and reduces rate of drop outs

A large number of pupils in developing countries are unable to attend school because they have no access to a meal or cannot get all the meals required in a day for their healthy growth. A number of them are even forced to do odd jobs and work hard despite their young age to earn just that one meal to keep them going. School feeding programs attract more children to school as it assures them of a meal. It also keeps them in school thereby reducing their dropout rates.

It promotes the health and development of children

Lack of food or an improper diet causes malnutrition among children. This in turn stands in the way of proper development of the children and their activity. School feeding programs provide a healthy diet to children, though simple, which facilitates their healthy growth and development. It keeps the children away from nutritional diseases.

It improves concentration and educational performance in school

Another benefit of school feeding programs to the community is that the food provided in schools improves their energy levels. When these energy levels are improved, the children can concentrate better in class and as such, they are able to perform better in their classes.

It provides support to the children’s parents and guardians

It is the responsibility of parents and/or guardians to provide food. However, due to poverty levels, some are not able to do this regularly. They can however benefit from school feeding programs for their children as the programs take the burden of feeding their children off their shoulders. They are able to focus on other tasks with the assurance that their children will eat in school.

It promotes farmers and local vendors

Farmers and local vendors also benefit from school feeding programs because the programs increase the demand for their produce in order for them to feed all those children in school. They are encouraged to work harder and smarter in order to reap the benefits.

It helps the community rise above poverty

As we have already mentioned, the programs help keep the children in school and as such, they are better placed to complete their education. With an increase in the number of children completing school, the community will in the long term experience an improvement in their economy, thus rise above poverty.

We hope you have learnt something on school feeding programs and why they are so important to the community.

If you would like to participate in a school feeding program, contact us at CIVS Kenya and we will help you out as we have a number of school feeding programs you might be interested in.