SOURCE: School Nutrition Association

July 12, 2007 10:12 ET

Delegates From Twelve Countries Meet to Discuss Global School Feeding Efforts

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - Twenty-four international delegates representing 12 nations will convene in Chicago, Illinois from July 12 to 16, 2007, for the 9th Global Child Nutrition Forum: School Feeding Development Conference. For the first time since its inception in 1997, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) is collaborating with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on this project. As the first major initiative of the new foundation, expectations are high that this meeting will help fulfill GCNF's vision to help establish a world in which hunger is not a barrier to children learning.

The purpose of the Forum is to assist leaders in developing countries start or expand school feeding programs. The Forum is the new foundation's flagship program. During the past nine years, 155 international delegates from 53 countries have participated in the Forum and returned to their countries with information, skills and plans to advance school feeding.

Back in December of 2006, governments in several countries requested assistance from the WFP for implementing their policies to expand school feeding at a national level. GCNF was chosen to be a resource to WFP for assisting Honduras, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Kenya and Mali with policy implementation, program development and capacity building. Three delegates selected by WFP from each of the five target countries will participate in this five-day School Feeding Development Conference. Global faculty members from Chile, Italy, Jamaica, Canada, Brazil, Ghana and South Africa will also attend.

Country representatives will observe school feeding programs in Chicago Public Schools, share information, identify school feeding needs and barriers and identify resources for problem resolution. Sessions will focus on sharing information from the representative countries, seeking remedies to common problems, and providing current information on global challenges, such as food safety, program sustainability, foodservice management, program operations, nutrition and nutrition education. Additionally, delegates will develop strategies and tactics for implementing policy and building capacity for expanding school feeding in their countries.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 2007, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to expand opportunities for the world's children to receive adequate nutrition for learning and achieving their potential.

SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children's health and well-being.

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