PCI’s programs in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Tanzania have reached over one million students and yielded many achievements, including strengthening the capacity of communities and local governments to sustain and support themselves.
In Bolivia, 49 municipal governments—15 percent of the country—have graduated from PCI’s program since 2005 and continue to provide daily meals to over 110,600 children with the help of community members and Parent-Teacher Food Committees who oversee the management of school feeding activities. Additionally, under Bolivia’s School Feeding Law, municipal governments have increased their budgets to support school feeding programs from $0.47 monthly per child in 2001 to $5.15 monthly per child in 2016.
In Guatemala, PCI played a major role in advocating for the Government of Guatemala’s National School Feeding Law that was approved in 2017. Under this law, the Ministry of Education committed to providing $0.40 per student, per day in 2018. In 2019, the subsidy was increased to $0.53 per student, per day, of which 50 percent is spent on locally produced foods to support school feeding.
PCI has supported Guatemala’s Ministry of Education’s dissemination of the School Feeding Law at community and municipal levels and serves on School Feeding Boards and decision-making forums at national and departmental levels. In 2019, PCI launched a USDA-funded Local and Regional Procurement program that supports the Guatemala School Feeding Law. The program developed a model and protocols to facilitate local procurement by linking family agriculture production and small farmers who are now providing fresh produce to local schools.
In Tanzania, PCI is leading and supporting the design and development of the Government of Tanzania’s first National School Feeding Guide and Manual as part of the National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan—a collaborative effort between Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
In Nicaragua, PCI supported the country’s Integrated School Nutrition Program through which the Ministry of Education is providing 100 percent of maize and beans to all schools for school feeding and plans to take over all food commodities by the end of the project. Additionally, the Ministry of Education is covering 100 percent of all food commodity transport costs and, to date, has created 85 additional food distribution points.
PCI’s strong focus on community ownership and participation has allowed all participating schools to organize a community school support group where members can develop plans, pull local resources, fundraise with local institutions and businesses, and implement projects for improving school infrastructure and school feeding. As a result, parents are contributing local products such as fruits, vegetables, and proteins to improve school meals in 51 percent schools.
Growing Through Partnerships
PCI delivers essential nutrition, education, health, and development services to children attending schools worldwide in partnership with local governments and community members and funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (MGD), and Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement (LRP) programs.