Drew Barrymore's Mission
Watch Drew visit schoolchildren in Kenya .
The World Food Program (WFP) is the largest international food aid organization in the world and the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against hunger. Every year, WFP feeds an average of 90 million people in more than 80 of the world's poorest countries.
With some 400 million hungry children in the world, Drew, an Ambassador Against Hunger for the WFP, has decided to push the plight of hungry children to center stage to ensure that more receive food and stay in school.
While in Kenya, she visited Nairobi's Kibera slums, home to more than a million people.
"School feeding not only fills stomachs, but has a proven track record of boosting enrollment, attendance and academic performance," she says. "For just pennies a day per child, this program changes lives—and ultimately can impact the futures of poor countries around the world in a profound way."
As a hungry child in Kenya, Paul struggled to walk the three miles it took to get an education. This all changed in 1977, when WFP started distributing free lunches at his primary school in Kabarnet. Paul now campaigns on behalf of the WFP as a fellow Ambassador Against Hunger.
"Without food, it was very difficult to walk to school, let alone concentrate on our studies," Paul says.
HIV-positive children rely on WFP food to support the antiretroviral treatment they receive. According to the WFP, good nutrition is essential if the treatment is to work well. The combination of the drugs and nutritious food can improve the quality of life of people with HIV.
During a visit to Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp, Drew tried to carry a food sack on her head. She was astonished by how heavy it was!
Refugees such as Rebecca rely heavily on humanitarian agencies and nongovernmental organizations for food and support. Economic opportunities aren't always available in these camps.
To improve her opportunities, Rebecca attends school in the camp along with some of her children.
Galvanized by her trip to see WFP projects and her new role as an Ambassador Against Hunger, Drew says, "I can't think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no school child in this world goes hungry."