Nutritional School Feeding

Nutritional School Feeding

How We Do This

JAM is an eyewitness to heartbreaking situations in Africa. We work within communities that suffer from severe hunger and malnutrition both of which are a direct result of the abject poverty that afflicts millions. Hunger and malnutrition continues to be the major contributing cause of death for children and a major barrier to gaining an education in Africa. JAM was founded in the ashes of a devastating famine caused by civil war that placed nearly four million innocent Mozambicans at risk of imminent starvation in 1984.

Thirty years later, JAM’s Nutritional Feeding programmes have developed to provide not only relief from starvation to impoverished Africans, but as well as innovative interventions designed to promote education, social and economic development.

JAM provides nutrient-rich meals to over one million beneficiaries in Angola, South Africa, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Mozambique. Our school feeding programmes are primarily focused on young children – this approach enables us to improve the well being of each child, while promoting and enhancing school attendance and education.

Programme objectives

  • Save lives
  • Promote education
  • Develop communities
  • Create value chains

We currently distribute over a million bowls of highly nutritious cereal to beneficiaries in Angola, South Africa, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Mozambique.


“Malnutrition caused by extreme hunger, both consequences of poverty, continues to be the biggest killer of children in Africa with more children dying of hunger than AIDS, Malaria and TB combined.”World Food Program [WFP]

JAM feeds 1.1 million beneficiaries daily in 7 African countries.


  • School Feeding beneficiaries in the four Mozambican provinces of Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala and Manica receive food every school day.
  • JAM’s programmes in Mozambique have evidently promoted school enrolment, retention, and regular attendance.

South Africa

  • JAM supports Early Childhood Development (ECD) in South Africa’s vulnerable communities by providing a nutritious porridge every school day to children at JAM-supported ECD centres.
  • JAM SA is currently feeding over 120 000 children in more than 2000 centres in 9 provinces across the country (Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Free State, North West, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga).


Sierra Leone

JAM has partnered with the Government of Sierra Leone through a series of engagements and consultations throughout 2018 leading to the implementation of the JAM School Feeding Pilot programme in November 2018.

Broadly this partnership will be anchored upon the JAM F.E.E.D model “Farm, Empower, Enhance, Distribute”. F.E.E.D is a model developed through years of agriculture development implementation in Mozambique. The JAM FEED model aligns directly to GoSL’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Free Quality Education Programme (FQEP) objective and will be implemented in phases. JAM is developing a holistic and sustainable model that promotes local food production, procurement, processing, and distribution, which is anchored on active participation of entrepreneurial farmers in the local agricultural value chains.


  • Nutritional Feeding is concentrated in the province of Benguela.
  • School children receive a nutritious Corn Soya Blend (CSB) each school day, which ensures that children are well nourished enough to concentrate on their schooling.
  • The programme also reaches malnutrition hospitals and clinics in Benguela Province where JAM provides life saving F75 and F100 therapeutic milks and CSB for child patients.

South Sudan

In various South Sudanese Counties spread across the states of Jonglei and Warrap, JAM operates as the World Food Programme (WFP)’s second biggest implementing partner in the country under various programmes:

  • Food For Education (FFE): school children receive meals schools daily.
  • General Food Distribution (GFD): general food parcels to households, which targets Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and families struggling with food insecurity.
  • Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP): aims to reduce acute malnutrition among children (6 – 35 months). JAM is working with Community Nutrition Volunteers (CNVs) who receive food rations for 12 working days as an incentive to help deliver this project.
  • Food For Assets (FFA): The strategic objective of FFA is to restore and rebuild lives and livelihoods in post-conflict situation through quick creation of productive assets to enhance resilience of the targeted community to future shocks.