School Lunch Program

2girlseatingSchool teachers and guardians identified hunger as the primary problem affecting regular school attendance and academic performance.   Many children were going home for the daily lunch break but returning to school in the afternoon without having had anything to eat.

In response, the Umoja Project initiated a school-based lunch program which ensures that children have at least one nutritious meal each day.  Currently, 3,000 students in 18 primary schools receive a daily lunch of maize, beans, and vegetables, which is prepared and served by the children’s guardians.

The schools report that the program has had a very positive impact on the children, school and community, including improved grades, discipline, and health. In order to ensure sustainability, Umoja is working with the schools to develop income-generating projects which will allow them to assume an increasing portion of the costs for the lunch program.

Since 2009, Indiana’s Interfaith Hunger Initiative (IHI) has provided the financial support required for the school lunch program. Watch the video to learn more about all of the people involved in making this interfaith effort to feed hungry children a success.

The schools report that the program has had a very positive impact on the children, school and community, including improved grades, discipline, and health. In order to ensure sustainability, Umoja is working with the schools to develop income-generating projects which will allow them to assume an increasing portion of the costs for the lunch program.

Read updates about the school lunch program.