World Bank says school dinner ladies are vital to ending world hunger
Stop giggling at the back! It’s true. In yet another moment of revelation, the World Bank has realised that school meals are vital to ending world hunger – especially for children of course. A new report issued together with the World Food Programme says that delivering food aid through schools is vital. And, of course, the only way you can get school meals to the poorest children is through free primary school education and free school meals – all of which requires state-run education systems. Former arch neo-liberal Robert Zoellick must have choked as he co-wrote the foreword which says:
“What is clear from this report is that we are beyond the debate about whether school feeding makes sense as a way to reach the most vulnerable. In the face of global crises, we must now focus on how school feeding programs can be designed and implemented in a cost-effective and sustainable way to benefit and protect those most in need of help today and in the future.”
Of course, unions in Britain have been banging on about the vital role played by school dinner services for decades. But it’s good to see their value being recognised worldwide, and by such an unlikely organisation.