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September 12, 2013

World Food Day: teaching the power of school meals – Lesson Plan

By World Food Programme


Health, International Affairs, Current Events

Estimated time

One class period

Grade level

Grades 7-10


This lesson plan will address the problem of hunger in many developing nations, and the power of school meals to help kids achieve their potential.


Molly is just one of the nearly 26 million children around the world who receive a World Food Programme (WFP) meal at school every day. WFP gave her a small video camera to film her life in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya- one of the poorest places in the world.

This teaching unit highlights some of the most powerful moments in the videos she shared with us to help spark a conversation on hunger in the classroom this World Food Day. This lesson tells the story of hunger and the power of school meals from Molly’s perspective. Molly has a chance – to grow up healthy, to get an education, and to dream beyond Mathare because she gets a WFP school meal.

For hungry children worldwide, the promise of receiving a meal at school can mean the difference between getting an education or not. Join us this World Food Day by starting a vital conversation with your students about the power of school meals in transforming the lives of young people like Molly and helping us build a hunger-free future.

Click here to find the full lesson plan from WFP.

Click here to find a video about Molly and a quiz that will help raise money for WFP.

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