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By Vaseline May31,2024

In the press release, Food 4 Education named to TIME’s 2024 list of 100 Most Influential Companies, issued

May 30, 2024

by Food 4 Education via PR Newswire, we are informed by the company that the first paragraph contained an incorrect hyperlink. The full, corrected release follows:

Food 4 Education named to TIME’s 2024 list of 100 Most Influential Companies


F4E is recognized for its efforts to end childhood hunger and creates the blueprint to accelerate sustainable school feeding programs in

Africa



Nairobi, Kenya

,

May 30, 2024

/PRNewswire/ — Food 4 Education (F4E) – a Kenyan non-profit organization on a mission to eradicate child hunger by mainstreaming scalable and high-quality school nutrition across the country

Africa

– announced today that it has been named to the fourth annual TIME100 Most Influential Companies list, which highlights companies making an extraordinary impact around the world. This honor recognizes F4E’s critical role in ensuring

Africas

children – the global workforce of the future – have access to a hot, affordable and nutritious school meal every day.

Wawira Njiru in the Giga Kitchen - Africa's largest kitchen (in Nairobi, Kenya) with the capacity to prepare 60,000 nutritious meals for children.  (PRNewsfoto/Food 4 Education)

Every day, millions of African schoolchildren wake up to the devastating reality of hunger, which affects not only their physical health but also their cognitive and social-emotional development: 90% do not have a minimum adequate diet and 50% do not eat at the recommended frequency. As the largest locally led and independently run school feeding program in

Africa

F4E is working to close this hunger gap by creating the blueprint for scalable, replicable and cost-efficient school nutrition across

Africa

.

“In just 25 years, one in four people will be African – this seismic demographic shift underlines the urgency of expanding locally rooted school feeding programs as a critical investment in our shared future. It also represents an important opportunity to build more resilient, equitable education and sustainable food systems across the continent,” said Wawira Njiru, CEO of Food 4 Education. “Today serves as a testament to the transformative power of food in changing lives. As an African non-profit organization, we are immensely proud of our recognition in the TIME100 list, along with countless innovative and impactful companies around the world.”

From feeding 25 children from a single makeshift kitchen in 2012, F4E has grown into a large-scale operation that now serves more than 300,000 meals every day, demonstrating the vision, dedication and operational efficiency of a global food company. F4E works across multiple value chains and is at the heart of a locally powered network that includes thousands of smallholder farmers (75% led by women), a trusted pool of aggregators, a 9,000 meter

2

warehouse, 20 centralized and 55 semi-centralized rural kitchens reaching more than 1,000 schools.

Chairman of the Food 4 education council

Kristin Groos Richmond

noted, “I am the co-founder and CEO of Revolution Foods, which delivers healthy school meals

the United States

I understand the profound impact that access to nutritious food can have on a child’s ability to learn and thrive. Testimony to F4E’s commitment to tackling child hunger in

Africa

is very personal to me. I am honored to support F4E and its innovative approach to transforming lives through nutrition and education, something this extraordinary award from TIME so poignantly recognizes.”

Through a strategic alliance of philanthropy, government and parent ownership, F4E’s operating model prioritizes the highest nutritional quality, investments in local economies and communities, people-centered innovation and operational excellence. To date, the company’s efforts are delivering a sustainable, positive impact on the nutritional, educational and economic outcomes of schoolchildren and the wider local community, meeting 100% of daily nutritional diversity needs, increasing school attendance by 37% increases and more than 3,000 jobs are created. .

Notes for editors

To create this fourth-annual list, which highlights companies making an extraordinary impact around the world, TIME solicited nominations from its global network of contributors and correspondents, as well as outside experts. Then TIME editors rated each on key factors, including impact, innovation, ambition and success. The result is a diverse group of 100 companies helping chart a vital path forward.

View the full list of TIME100 companies here: time.com/100companies

About Food 4 Education (F4E)

Hungry children cannot learn. They don’t have the strength, attention span or interest. School feeding programs (SFPs) are the solution to classroom hunger. Yet there is only 14% penetration inside

Africa

. Food 4 Education is changing this by offering and investing in hot, affordable and nutritious school meals every day

Africas

future.

Food 4 Education, a social enterprise, integrates locally rooted school nutrition programs around the world

Africa

by designing a blueprint, operating it, and then supporting replication. Launched in

Kenya

Started in 2012 by CEO Wawira Njiru, the organization started feeding 25 children from one makeshift kitchen and has grown into a large-scale operation that feeds more than 300,000 children a day and has served more than 45 million meals. Food 4 Education has also created a sustainable school food ecosystem that includes smallholder farmers, logistics providers, government and parents, creating 3,000 jobs in the communities it serves.

In 2024, Food 4 Education received the 2024 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation and was named to the TIME 100 list of the most influential companies. More information: www.food4education.org

For all press inquiries and interview requests, please contact Derrick Amoako:

E: [email protected]; [email protected]; M: +44 (0) 7759764174

For more information:

F4E website

LinkedIn

X (former Twitter)

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