The Work We Do
The Mozambique School Lunch Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides nutritious school meals to children attending rural primary schools in Mozambique. Our aim is to reduce childhood malnutrition and increase school participation.
Our model invests in smallholder farmers to build local agricultural capacity. In this way, we build up local supply chains, providing farmers access to investment and new markets. In doing so, our vision is to gain traction between farming households and rural schools to create a community-owned school feeding program–increasing our sustainability and addressing food security through a holistic approach. Our program also integrates low-cost interventions such as deworming and iron supplementation to maximize the impact of the school meals on children’s nutrition.
We serve locally-sourced school meals in primary schools in rural Mozambique where many children run the risk of malnutrition and dropping out of school. For many children, this is their first and main meal of the day.
School lunches are a huge incentive for four reasons:
- They encourage parents to send their younger children to school earlier, resulting in fewer delayed starts.
- They help keep girls in school, rather than being married early.
- They keep young boys going to school rather than dropping out to heard goats.
- Students can focus on what they're learning and not on their empty stomachs!