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How School Feeding Programs Give Kids a Healthy Head Start

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www.iamecowarrior.com in partnership with youtube.com/user/FEEDprojects Lauren Bush Lauren, niece of former President George W. Bush, discusses how the sustainable FEED 1 bag helps support school feeding programs in developing countries to improve both health and education outcomes for children living in poverty. Transcript -- Lauren Bush Lauren: As a student, I was able to travel around the world with the UN Food Program. I found their school feeding program really hopeful. It's happe...

www.iamecowarrior.com in partnership with youtube.com/user/FEEDprojects Lauren Bush Lauren, niece of former President George W. Bush, discusses how the sustainable FEED 1 bag helps support school feeding programs in developing countries to improve both health and education outcomes for children living in poverty. Transcript -- Lauren Bush Lauren: As a student, I was able to travel around the world with the UN Food Program. I found their school feeding program really hopeful. It's happening in the poorest countries around the world, where they're giving a free nutrient-packed school lunch. And for many, this is like the one meal they receive a day. So it has vitamin A and Zinc and all the things that kids truly need, if this will be their one meal a day. From that, they can learn better, there's a better attendance rate. Girls—actually in a lot of countries where girls' education just isn't valued, girls are more often sent to school given the school lunch program. So it has all these amazing effects. It's not just food aid; it's really a way to encourage education and ensure that kids around the world are getting that sort of proper head start. Young people have such optimism and such a will and want to help, but I found it frustrating because I didn't quite know what to tell them to do. Unless you're going to dedicate your life to Peace Corps or a program like that, you know, most kids are going to go on and get some sort of job. And I didn't know what to tell them to sort of integrate giving back specifically to world hunger into sort of their daily lives. Because they are not—adults may have the means to write a check to a big UN organization, but young people don't. So the simple, very simple idea I had, was to create a bag. And at the time, as well, I was living in Australia and really impressed. In Australia, they are sort of ahead of America in their reusable bag movement, so I found it really inspiring, as well, and combined them both, so created a reusable bag, the FEED One bag, and each bag sold feeds a child in school for a year. And obviously we encourage people to use our bags instead of plastic bags, which don't biodegrade for 400 plus years. Find your eco Solution www.iamecowarrior.com Directed by Roger Moenks

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