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WFP continues to support the food security of children in Armenia and invests in communities’ development despite the existing challenges and the martial law declared in the country

The UN World Food Programme, together with the Government of Armenia and with the support of the Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute of Russia, continues to develop the communities of the Republic of Armenia and invest in schools, despite the current situation and the declared martial law in the country.

Within the framework of the School Feeding programme, the UN WFP, together with the Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute and other partners, is carrying out assessments of the schools’ infrastructures in Lori and Kotayk regions. This aims to assess the conditions of school kitchens, canteens, food warehouses and provide necessary recommendations for their improvement in accordance with all food safety norms.

The studies aim to reveal the needs of schools for organising the provision of hot meals  and the scale of the needed renovation. Along with the renovations, the kitchens will be supported with having access to drinking water and hot water. The renovation will be followed by the provision of the necessary kitchen equipment, which will enable the children to be provided with safe and quality food.

Around 120 schools in Lori and 90 schools in Kotayk regions will be included in the renovation programme, receiving also high-quality kitchen equipment. As a result of the project, the conditions for providing food in schools and overall school capacities will be significantly improved to organize complete and safe food provision, Successful implementation of the programs will be followed by the transfer of the School Feeding programme to the state funding. The initiative is carried out with the participation of provincial administrations and the "National Sustainable School Feeding Foundation" of the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

Currently, around 12,392 primary school children in Lori and 15,755 children in Kotayk regions are enrolled in the School Feeding programme implemented by the WFP.

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