Monday , April 22 2024
For many, the school feeding meal is the most important and nutritionally balanced meal of the day.

Interview: Guy Gauvreau, World Food Programme Country Director for Peru

In Peru, "6.5 million (25 percent) [of the] people are classified as being extremely poor because they live on less than $1 per day,” according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP runs programs in the country to help those suffering in poverty.

Earlier this decade, WFP ran school feeding programs to help combat child hunger. Today, the government of Peru has taken over school feeding. Wherever WFP works, the goal is for the host government to become self-sufficient and be able to provide school meals for all children.

In the following interview Guy Gauvreau, WFP country director for Peru, shares his thoughts on school feeding.

How many children are benefiting from the WFP school feeding programs within the country?

WFP Peru successfully handed over the school feeding program to the Government of Peru in 2003. The government is entirely responsible for the financing, management and implementation of the program, which benefits all 3.5 million children at school.

Discuss what effect the meals have on the children in terms of school attendance, performance and nutrition

In addition to well-documented impacts such as ''keeping'' the children at school and helping them successfully complete the school year, the school feeding program gives children the opportunity to learn about nutrition and hygiene. The program also reinforces important social issues through the Parent-Teachers Association.

Anything else you'd like to add about why you think school feeding is important for people to support?

After having managed school feeding programs around the world for years, I am convinced that school feeding programs are one of the best programs to benefit children.

People do not realize that most children in the poorest countries are not able to eat a decent breakfast at home. For many, the school feeding meal represents the most important and nutritionally balanced meal of the day.

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About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.

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