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One in four of the world’s children are stunted, in developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three. One out of six children – roughly 100 million – in developing countries is underweight (WFP, 2016).
368 million children in 169 countries receive food in school. Since 2000, 21 new countries have introduced school feeding (WFP, 2013). Milk is served to children in school in around 60 countries, either as a component of a school feeding programme or as a separate milk programme (IDF, 2015).
School feeding is a good investment for a country – for every $1 spent, it is estimated that at least $3 is gained in economic returns (WFP, 2013).
Sustainable school feeding programmes are effective measures to improve health and education for vulnerable groups.
The strongest and most sustainable school feeding programmes incorporate community involvement. (WFP). Locally sourced foods in school feeding programmes also benefit local agriculture and farmers (WFP).
As a follow up to the school milk survey conducted in 2013 (and published in 2015) IDF conducted a new global school milk survey during 2019 which was published in March 2020 – “The contribution of school milk programmes to the nutrition of children worldwide”. The survey involves a questionnaire-based survey and a literature review on the nutritional impact of school milk programmes (SMP). The survey looks into all forms of school milk, also those programmes where milk is served as part of a school meals programme. Tetra Laval helped spread the questionnaire and also provided additional data from countries not participating. The School Milk Survey is available in IDF Bulletin 505/2020. Also available is the data collected, presented in an Excel sheet. https://store.fil-idf.org/product/school-milk-programmes-2020/. Some key data from the Survey Report: The analysis showed that at least 160 million children across 62 countries benefit from SMPs in the world. The participation rates vary across countries, but the participation rate is over 70% in at least 23 countries. Milk is mainly handed out in classrooms (77%). In the majority of programmes (71%), milk is served as individual portions of 200–250 ml. The most common serving size is 200 ml (46%). Plain whole milk is the most commonly available product. Plain semi-skimmed milk also ranks high. Other dairy products such as yogurt, flavoured milk and lactose-reduced milk are also offered in many cases. Respondents indicated that milk is supplied most often in cartons (81%). Plastic bottles is used in 30% of the programmes. A majority of respondents reported that improving children’s health and nutrition is the primary objective of the programme.
The availability of Long-life products was analysed in the survey. Combined with Tetra Laval data on UHT products availability, the conclusion is that UHT or Long-life products are used in 73% of the countries covered by the Survey. Table 2 and Figure 1 in the Survey Report should be read with caution as the data is very confusing and partly incorrect. A separate explanation is available from Tetra Laval FfD.
World Food Day 2020: School feeding much more than providing a meal
– More than just
providing a meal
WORLD FOOD DAY
Tetra Laval Food for Development
Global View of School Feeding
► 368 million children in 169 countries receive food in school.
► Globally 1 in 3 children is not growing well due to malnutrition, 1 in 2 suffer from
► The numbers of obese children aged 5-19 have soared since the mid-1970s,
rising by between 10- and 12-fold globally.
► School feeding is a good investment for a country – for every $1 spent, it is
estimated that at least $3-10 is gained in economic returns, sometimes as much
as $20. Source: WFP, Unicef
Global View of School Milk
► 160 million children in 62 countries receive milk in schools.
► 200 ml is the most common portion size.
► Plain whole milk is most common, followed by plain semi-
► Milk is provided for free or at a subsidized cost in the
majority of programmes.
► The majority of respondents (83%) indicated that the
programme focuses on improving child health and nutrition.
► Carton packages are used in most programmes (81%).
► UHT or long-life products are available in 73% of countries
covered by the survey.
► In 2019, 68 million children in 56 countries received milk or
other nutritious beverage in Tetra Pak packages in schools.
Source: International Dairy Federation (IDF) https://store.fil-idf.org/product/school-milk-programmes-2020/ , Tetra Laval & Tetra Pak
160 million children receive milk in schools
School Feeding – more than a meal
► Building healthy eating habits
► Attracting children to school, especially girls
► FORMAL market for local QUALITY food products
School Feeding during Covid-19
► Loss of school food heavy burden on vulnerable families world wide
► Innovation in school food distribution: Take-home rations, Home
delivered food packages, Vouchers
► Food Safety a challenge - long life products preferred
Ulianovsk, Russia: Weekly
food packages to vulnerable
China: Lockers for
delivery of school milk
El Salvador: School food and milk
through containment centres
WFP / FAO / Unicef respons
► Guidence on how to support,
transform or adapt school feeding (in
the short term) to help safeguard
schoolchildren’s food security and
nutrition during the COVID-19
► Covid-19 protocols, Nutrition, Food
Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.
► School Feeding helps the young
generation GROW up educated and
► School Feeding NOURISHES children.
► School feeding creates a SUSTAINABLE
market for local foods.
► Working TOGETHER in multistakeholder
school feeding partnerships - a key for
long term sustainability.
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