Food for Education

  • P Project/Program

A Active

Key Information

Education is the cornerstone of gender and social equity, community development, and national progress. While education transforms lives and provides people with tools to lift themselves out of poverty, barriers like food insecurity can put school out of reach for some children. More than 795 million people are food insecure around the globe, with many of them living in developing countries (USDA.GOV). Research and decades of experience by aid agencies like the United Nations World Food Program show that school feeding can ease hunger, dramatically increase attendance, improve school performance, and provide parents incentive to send their children to school. PCI, in partnership with local governments and community members, delivers essential nutrition, education, health, and development services to children attending schools worldwide. With funding from the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, more than 200,000 children receive a healthy meal every school day through PCI’s school-based programs. This daily dose of nutrition ensures vulnerable students have the energy they need to focus in the classroom and learn, while also boosting school attendance rates (especially for girls). What’s more, the Food for Education program builds the capacity of communities to support and sustain school feeding initiatives with local produce and resources.


Latin America & Caribbean, North America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nicaragua, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Zambia

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


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Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Other

Cross-cutting areas

  • Food/water security

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, Youth


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School Enrolment Status

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School Level

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Other populations reached

  • Community leaders
  • Parent-teacher associations/school management committees
  • School administrators

Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of schools


  • Community food production


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom

Water and sanitation

  • Improved water access

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

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Cross-cutting goals

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