The school lunch program started in 2008 after teachers and guardians identified hunger as the primary problem affecting students’ attendance and academic performance.
The program ensures that each child has one nutritious meal a day.
Currently, the lunch program feeds 3,400 students a day in 19 primary schools.
Umoja Partnership provides the maize and beans for the lunch. The students’ guardians and the schools provide supplementary vegetables, cooking supplies, storage and kitchen facilities, and cook staff.
$25 feeds a child for an entire school year. Umoja Partnership covers approximately 80% of that cost, and the local Kenyan community covers the remainder.
Weekend and evening food is provided to over 100 households in which children live alone without any adult present.
Schools have developed agricultural and livestock projects, which generate financial support for the school lunch program. These projects help sustain the school lunch program and promote self-sufficiency at the local level.