working towards Zero Hunger
Do you remember what your school lunchbox looked like?
A colourful lunchbox in a fun shape or with stickers of cartoons makes lunch a daily joy for so many children. They might sit down with friends comparing what’s inside their sandwiches, swapping snacks with each other and reading their parents’ notes of encouragement.
Not only is this daily event sociable and fun for kids, but the food itself provides them with the energy and nutrients they need to focus and enjoy school.
At Unilever we believe every child has a right to nutritious food, but one in nine people go to bed hungry; for kids this can severely impact their health and wellbeing, making it hard to concentrate and learn. We want kids to have an equal chance of success, a chance of being their generation’s new leaders.
In countries like Kenya, a daily school meal for every child could make all the difference.
Maria-Andrea Rodriguez is a Unilever Foundation Ambassador and an inspiring New Leader. She’s passionate about using nutritious food to keep children in schools and visited the Laresoro Primary School in Kenya to see how the United Nations World Food Programme is helping whole communities to feed their children.
WFP’s Home-Grown School Meal Programme - in partnership with the Kenya government - is backed by Unilever, and helps parents, schools and smallholders work together to give children a healthy meal every day.
Maria-Andrea says the programme is about more than just nutrition. “They also encourage children to come to school and stay there,” she says. “It is very often the only meal they get during the day”. By helping local farmers to increase the quality and quantity of their crops, communities can help themselves to feed their children and ensure they continue to learn.
New Leaders like Maria-Andrea are spreading the word about initiatives that are giving brighter futures to children all over the world. By supporting these programmes we can work towards Zero Hunger.
“It has been truly eye-opening to see the impact we can create together.”
If you feel inspired by Maria-Andrea, here are some actions which you can take: