Monday, April 8, 2013

April is Global Child Nutrition Month

Global Child Nutrition Month and the Global Child Nutrition Foundation is running a month-long campaign to help raise funds and awareness for school feeding programs in developing nations.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation was created in 2006 with the mission of expanding opportunities for the world’s children to receive adequate nutrition for learning and achieving their potential. It continues and expands upon the work of the Global Child Nutrition Forum, formerly conducted by the School Nutrition Association (SNA). Created in 1946, SNA advocates healthy nutrition for every child in the United States.

GCNF is dedicated to helping countries develop and operate successful, sustainable, school feeding programs. GCNF provides training and education to support the development of community-based school feeding programs that respond to the nutritional needs of children, while considering local cultural and community values.

"A Possible Dream" Gala 2013

On March 4, 2013 GCNF held their 10th annual "A Possible Dream" Gala honoring outstanding champions of child nutrition. Each year, three awards are granted: the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition; the School Nutrition Association (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year; and the SNA Outstanding Director of the Year.

Over 500 executives come together—from industry, SNA, international NGOs, the U.S. Congress, USAID, USDA, and other key agencies working to reduce hunger—to network and exchange ideas. The Gala raises awareness of global hunger and helps GCNF's to build sustainable school feeding projects in developing countries.

The awards presentation is the highlight of the gala.

2013 Recipients

2013 Winston LAC Policy Scholar
Momodou Sanneh, Deputy Permanent Secretary
 (Programs), Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education,
The Gambia 
Momodou served extensively in his country’s education sector,
where he pays particular attention to policy development. 

Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition
Arlene Mitchell, formerly Chief of School Feeding for the
World Food Programme; currently Deputy Director of
Agricultural Department in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

SNA’s Industry Member of the Year
Barbara Jirka, PhD, SNS, formerly Sr. Manager,
Customer Marketing for McCain Foods, USA and currently
on the staff of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services

SNA’s Outstanding Director of the Year
Sherri Knutson, Student Nutrition Services Coordinator
for Rochester Public Schools, MN

Proceeds from this event enable GCNF to provide technical assistance to countries with expanding and developing school feeding programs. Appropriately designed school feeding programs have been shown to increase access to education and learning while improving children’s health and nutrition.

To learn more about the work of Global Child Nutrition Foundation, please visit their website.

Your support of GCNF and commitment to ending childhood hunger makes a difference in the lives of the world’s children.

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