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Actress Drew Barrymore has been named an Ambassador Against Hunger for the World Food Programme. She and fellow WFP ambassador, world marathon record-holder Paul Tergat, will focus their advocacy efforts on school feeding programs. Tergat, hailing from Kenya, is a former school feeding recipient.

Barrymore points out that for just pennies a day a child can receive the nutrition necessary to boost enrollment, attendance and academic performance, leading to a brighter future for poor countries around the world.

“Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing – but it works miracles. I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” she said.

“We are delighted to have Drew Barrymore join our team,” said WFP’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “Her passion and commitment to changing the world for the better – and of course the respect and admiration she commands – will make her a wonderful champion for school feeding.”

The World Food Programme fed 19.4 million children in 71 countries through school feeding programs last year.

Source: WFP

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