GCNF Examines Challenges and Successes to Global School Feeding


GCNF Examines Challenges and Successes to Global School Feeding

July 16, 2005 - Since its inception, the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) has examined the barriers and successes to global school feeding. Twenty international delegates representing 14 nations are currently convening in Baltimore, Md., for the 7th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF).

Gabriela Fung - Hong KongLearning from Each Other
The participants represent countries developing new programs or seeking to improve existing school feeding programs. Through sharing circles, delegates discuss common challenges including funding, food safety, vending and competitive foods as well as successes each program has achieved.

First-time GCNF delegate, Dietician Gabriela Fung of Hong Kong, noted the group discussions as the most valuable aspect of the Forum. She explains, “the group discussions allow us to learn from both poor and wealthy countries and learn from established programs as well.” Fung sees this as a valuable aspect as Hong Kong works to establish its first school feeding program.

Other GCNF delegates represent:

  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

Connecting with Kids
Across all countries, one common ingredient that all the delegates share is the desire to help children get the foods and nutrition needed to make them productive.

Angel Facundo at Eastport Elemetary School in Annapolis, Md This year’s Forum is filled with opportunities for delegates to not only learn more about programs around the world but also about the U.S. school feeding programs. On Friday, July 15, 2005, the delegates visited Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis, Md where they saw the U.S. Summer School Food Program first hand. Delegates toured the school foodservice facilities, spoke with the school nutrition manager and district director, and ate lunch with students.

The first lady of Maryland, Kendall Ehrlich, also stopped by Eastport to welcome the GCNF delegation and shared information about the Maryland Meals for Achievement Classroom Breakfast Pilot Program.

The Forum will run until Sunday, July 17, 2005. Additional highlights for GCNF include a presentation and roundtables on Food Safety and Prevention of Foodborne Illness and updates from National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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