About our School Meal project

Access to education and food are human rights. Yet 783 million people live in poverty and 125 million children do not attend school. For poor families, free school meals make a huge difference, and are often crucial in order for parents to let their children go to school.

The global situation

9 out of 10 children enroll in school. Still, 125 million children of primary school age and lower secondary school age around the world lack the opportunity to go to school. In poor families, it is common for children not to go to school because their help is needed at home, while education is one of the most important tools for creating development and lifting communities out of poverty.
821 million people suffer from hunger. This means that every ninth person does not get enough nutrition to be able to live a healthy and active life. Hunger and malnutrition are the biggest threat to human health – a greater threat than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Our project School Meals supports the UN’s World Food Programme and their school feeding program in Ethiopia. Thanks to funds raised for the project in 2017 UNA Sweden was able to contribute 1,029,852 school meals.

The school meal programs result in so much more than just food. Thanks to free school meals more children receive education, which help develop and build sustainable societies. School meals are an important investment to improve a country’s economic and social development in the long term. Education is one of the most important tools for creating development and lifting communities out of poverty. In particularly vulnerable areas, girls who attends school also bring food back home to their family. Girls who receive education are less likely to get married at a young age and healthier children and they can better support themselves.

Read more about the School Meals project here (in Swedish).

Global Goals and school meals

The global goals for sustainable development are 17 ambitious and universal goals adopted by the world’s leaders in 2015. The goals will contribute to an socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development and are to be achieved by 2030 in all countries of the world. School Meals contribute to several of the goals, but in particular goal 2 on zero huinger, goal 3 on good health, goal 4 on education for all and goal 5 on gender equality.

Read more about our work for Agenda 2030 (in Swedish).