I. Background of Free Lunch for Children
In February 2011, China Development Research Foundation under the Development Research Center of the State Council published a survey report concerning nutrition conditions of Chinese students in under-developed areas. According to the report, children in the poor areas of the central and the west of China were in serious malnutrition. Of all students surveyed, 12% showed signs of developmental retardation and 72% would feel hungry during classes. The boy boarding students and girl boarding students are respectively 10 kg and 7 kg lighter, and 11 cm and 9 cm shorter below the national rural students’ average.
The report also pointed out that, child poverty would result in huge human capital loss in the future in China, and cause inherited poverty. In this light, it is the government’s fundamental duty to make interventions in children nutrition and make political commitments by the ruling party and the state level.
On April 2nd, 2011, Deng Fei, together with 500 journalists, dozens of domestic mainstream media and the China Social Welfare Foundation to launch a free lunch for children fund public fund-raising plan. Proposing to donate 3 yuan a day（With prices going up so fast 2015.the standard price has been raised to 4 RMB per meal since Fall semester）to help children avoid hunger during class and enjoy hot delicious free lunch. By the end of March 2019, Free Lunch for Children had raised RMB 524.49 million, and found its presence in 1168 schools, across 26 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, benefiting 304,570 children.
Our Mission: To create a healthy childhood free from hunger for Chinese children.
Our Vision: To make free lunch a basic welfare of Chinese children.
Our Strategies: Develop a safe and efficient Free Lunch mode that can be replicated to other areas; abide by the principle of transparency; make professional services available to the government, enterprises, public interest organizations and individual donators and constantly facilitate public policies.
In order to ensure that every donations is used well, Free Lunch requires the school open accounts at Weibo,and which tweets daily public revenue and expenditure information to the public. And audit team secretly visits the investigation, and invites the local government, media, parents, party members, veteran cadres, veterans and other rural forces and netizen of omnipresent love to participate for front-line supervision.
Management Committee of Free Lunch Fund of China Social Welfare Foundation
Add.: 305 Area A, Compound 4, Baiguanglu, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
Tel: 010-85114150-688 (Workdays: 9:30-17:30)
Add: No. 17, Hetang Xuan, Zhuhaishuiyun, Yuhang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Supervision Hotline: 18610416370 (Workdays: 9:30-17:30)
Inquiries for external cooperation:
Tel:0571-88650362 (Workdays: 9:30-17:30)
Official email: email@example.com
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