Food Program

foodprogram5.jpg It’s easier to change a life than some people think.

Many students in Kenya eat one meal or less daily.

Based on the World Health Organization’s minimum requirement for basic nutrition, we serve Kenyan schoolkids a lunch which consists of maize (corn) and beans cooked with some oil. Locally this is known as githeri, and is a staple part of the Kenyan diet.

Started with one school, in response to a severe drought that Kenya was experiencing in 2002, the program has grown to include 34 schools and approximately 18,000 students fed daily.

It’s almost impossible for a student to develop creativity, understanding and knowledge without eating daily.  We’ve watched test scores rise and retention rates soar since introducing food into these schools.

Some other facts behind the program:

· The average Kenyan’s income is about $1/day
· The average Kenyan eats one meal per day
· The typical dropout rate in Kenyan elementary schools is 40-50%
· The vast majority of students quit schooling after grade 8, when free education endsfoodprogram4.jpg

With our first pilot school, the dropout rate went from 46% to 1% once we started providing meals.

The hardest part of our work?

Nothing is more difficult than having to say “No” to headmasters of schools that know about our program and want to see their children fed and learning – with more funding, we can say “Yes” to more schools.


  1. Wow. 46 to 1%.
    Thats the power of beans and mahindi.

  2. I would like to know more about why the drought in 2002 is still affecting people so badly. Kenya suffers them on a pretty regular basis and I don’t recall the ones in the 60’s thru 80’s causing this much grief. I’ve never been there but a NATO soldier we knew here is from Kenya and kept us up. We lost touch about the time of the Air Force political thing. I ask because I might be in a position to do a lot of fundraising. Also, can you tell me which areas the schools are in? I assumed in the southwest but that would leave the peak growing area successful, which it obviously isn’t.

    Thanks, Bernadette Brossett

  3. I saw you on CNN Heroes, and I just would like to say that you are truly an angel. It is absolutely amazing what human beings are capable of doing. I have no doubt that your amazing work will only get better, and I am positive that due to your exposure on CNN you are going to get the much need funds you spoke of.

  4. You are truly a hero and what impressed me the most and brought me to tears was your simple statement: Africa gets to you. Through you I learned that I have to be less self-involved, self aware and I need to step up to the plate if I want to live with the “man in the mirror”. Kenya is calling my name!

  5. you do have a good sense of humor, too! Congratulations and keep up the good work.

  6. you are a special hero and thank God He places people like you ,with good hearts, in the world to care for His needy ones–you remind me of the dear Mother Theresa
    Sharon of Pa

  7. What are the tribal connections of the students of the 18 schools? I ask for a school unit to which I hope to make connections and then develop action.

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