Nutritional Early Childhood Development School Feeding

Nutritional Early Childhood Development School Feeding

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 n 1984.

Thirty years later, JAM’s Nutritional Feeding programs 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 and Mozambique. Our school feeding programs 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


“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 4 African countries.


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


KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has expanded in the last few years, thanks to the assistance of a number of implementation partners (other NPOs) on the ground. By the end of 2015, we were feeding 24,200 pre-school children every single day in 384 centres. Our KZN partners include: Focus on iThemba, The Domino Foundation, City Hill, The Salvation Army, Training & Resources in Early Education (TREE), A Centre That Serves (ACTS), Thanda, LIV, Mbalencane, Key of Hope, Waterloo and CityHope (Camperdown and Hillcrest), Izenzo, Uminati, MNCP, Arise and Shine, Future Stars and Crossroads.

Free State

JAM formed a partnership with Realeboga Bakubung, an NGO that provides accredited training to ECD practitioners in Thaba Nchu in June 2016. This served as JAM’s entry into the Free State. The programme started with 35 centres and reached 998 children and later added 15 centres with a combined total of 487 children. At the beginning of January 2017 JAM expanded to Bethlehem with the assistance of CRC Bethlehem and Tshepang Trust. This expansion led to the support of 30 ECD centres and feeding of 838 children. With the help of E models, In March the JAM ECD nutritional programme spread to Bloemfontein and has recently started supporting 15 centres, feeding 347 children. As of May 2017 JAM supports 95 ECD centres in the Free State province reaching more than 2 774 children daily.


  • 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 program 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 Program (WFP)’s second biggest implementing partner in the country under various programs:

  • 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 Program (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.

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 centers.
  • The program is concentrated in three provinces: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.
  • JAM currently reaches over 30 000 beneficiaries (0-6-year-olds).