Nutritional School Feeding

Nutritional School Feeding

JAM continues to witness African communities being decimated by hunger and malnutrition, as a result of abject poverty that afflicts millions people on the continent. Hunger and malnutrition are also the main cause of children deaths, and presents a major barrier to these children gaining an education.

JAM was created in response to a devastating famine caused by a civil war that placed nearly four million Mozambicans at risk of starvation in 1984. Thirty years later, our intervention has expanded to not only provide immediate hunger relief to millions of African people, but to also roll out innovative interventions that promote education, social and economic development.

Malnutrition kills more African children than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB combined. Our school feeding programmes are focused on young children – enabling us to improve the wellbeing of each child, while encouraging greater school attendance and education.

Programme objectives

  • Save lives
  • Promote education
  • Develop communities
  • Create value chains

We currently distribute over a million bowls of highly nutritious cereal to beneficiaries in Angola, South Africa, South Sudan and Mozambique.

Angola

  • Nutritional Feeding is focused on Benguela province.
  • School children receive Corn Sugar Blend (CSB) each school day, which to ensures that they are well nourished enough to concentrate.
  • The programme also reaches malnutrition hospitals and clinics in Benguela Province where JAM provides life-saving F75 and F100 therapeutic milks and super cereal for child patients.

Mozambique

  • Feeding beneficiaries in schools the four Mozambican provinces of Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala and Manica every school day.
  • JAM’s programmes in Mozambique are shown to have promoted school enrolment, retention, and regular attendance.

South Africa

  • Jam supports early childhood development (ECD) in South Africa’s vulnerable communities by providing a nutritious super cereal every school day to children at JAM-supported ecd’s.
  • Feeding programmes take place in all nine provinces.
  • By 2017, JAM reached more than 90 000 children from birth to the age of six.

South Sudan

In several South Sudanese states, JAM operates as a major World Food Programme implementing partner under various programmes, which includes:

  • Food For Education: School children receive highly nutritious meals daily.
  • General Food Distribution: General food parcels are rolled out to households, as well as internally displaced persons and families struggling.
  • Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme: Aims to reduce acute malnutrition among children aged between six and 35 months). We also work with community nutrition volunteers who receive food rations for 12 working days as an incentive.
  • Food For Assets: The objective is to rebuild livelihoods in post-conflict situations through the quick creation of productive assets to enhance resilience of affected communities against future shocks.