School Feeding Programs Improve Nutrition And Child Growth Across Generations

Beyond the devastating effects that the closure of schools hurts education, health experts especially are concerned with the vulnerable children not receiving the free meals they get in school. Organizations like Acholi Resilience are helping in feeding the children you can also join them in this social cause.

In the very first comprehensive evaluation of the effects the school meals program has on the next generation of children, our research shows that a free school meal program is associated with higher growth outcomes for children of those who took part in the program as kids themselves.

This suggests that such programs bring benefits that go beyond the well-being and health of those who benefit from them.

At the present, even the developed nations have the world's largest number of children undernourished, and the biggest school feeding program, known as the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme.

Numerous studies have proven that feeding programs at schools can fight hunger and help children's education as well as their long-term health.

School meals can be particularly beneficial for girls, as they encourage students to stay in school for longer as well as postpone marriage and reduce the risk of pregnancies in teens All of which remain widespread across South Asia and have negative effects on the nutritional status of children and girls.

The findings suggest that when you consider intergenerational influences and consider in the context of intergenerational effects, the value of school meals programs for nutrition is far greater than was previously thought.

The reason for this is that they deal with the most fundamental causes of nutritional deficiency in a large portion of the population in childhood, a time that has a high need for nutrition.