Thursday , February 22 2024
If every nation had a comprehensive school lunch program, we could drastically reduce child hunger and poverty.

The Power of Film and Ending Child Hunger

This Sunday was the Global Hunger Summit in London hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron. With the eyes of the world focused on the London Olympics, the idea was to shift some of that attention toward the global hunger crisis afflicting nearly one billion people.

Adrian Lovett, Europe Executive Director of ONE, says: “The Prime Minister and the Vice-President of Brazil deserve real credit for seizing this moment to insist on the same ambition in the race to end extreme hunger and malnutrition. For too long, this scourge has failed to receive the global attention it deserves. Efforts to provide children the nutrients they need to grow and thrive have been under-funded and under-resourced.”

But now that the summit is over, the action must begin with child feeding for infants and meals for school-age children.

First priority is to secure life-saving food for children under five years of age. At that age the children are most vulnerable to physical and mental damage from malnutrition. Then for children over five you start providing feeding programs at school to help them grow physically and mentally.

If every nation has a comprehensive school lunch program we could drastically reduce child hunger and poverty while giving every child a chance to learn or even become an Olympian. Interestingly, the last time the Olympics were held in London was in 1948 when Europe was struggling to recover from World War II. School meals played a big role in helping rebuild from the destruction

Back in 2008, I wrote a short film called “Ending Child Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World.” The film premiered at the College of Mount St. Joseph in February of that year. Now today, the film has been updated with more material about why school lunches are so important. World leaders need to align their foreign policy in support of child feeding.

So sit back and enjoy the film. You will hear from lots of people including Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover as well as correspondents from the World Food Programme discussing school meals in developing countries. You will hear from those who benefit from the feeding programs the most: children and their families.

Ending Child Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World from William Lambers on Vimeo.

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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