Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Our food and nutrition programmes save, transform and empower African lives.

How We Do This:

JAM currently provides nutritional assistance to approximately 800 000 beneficiaries across all seven countries of operation, namely Angola, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda.

Our initiatives include:

  • School Feeding Programmes
  • Malnutrition Clinics (Outpatient Therapeutic Centres)
  • School, Community & Kitchen Gardens

When entering a community, JAM starts with the most basic of needs, food.

This has over time evolved into more complex yet sustainable initiatives. Our focus has been to ensure that communities are not only fed, but that their long term nutritional needs are met.

JAM tailors programming according to what is required for a specific community in order to increase food security and ensure community upliftment at the same time.

We balance the urgency to alleviate hunger here and now with the broader objectives of achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.

“Hunger is the world’s most solvable problem.”
World Food Programme


Nutritional school feeding is concentrated in the Benguela and Kwanza Sul provinces where approximately 28,000 school children receive meals of fortified Corn Soya Blend (CSB) and MannaPack™ rice to improve their nutritional wellbeing and alleviate short term hunger.
– In Benguela province, JAM Angola also supports seven hospitals to manage and treat severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in children under-five through the provision of life-saving therapeutic milk, F75 and F100.
– A further 90 hospitals/clinics are supported with Vitamin A, Albendazole for children under-five as well as multivitamins for pregnant and lactating mothers.


Nutritional school feeding is concentrated in Inhambane and the Sofala province, where JAM reaches in excess of 19 000 school children with fortified Corn Soya Blend (CSB) across 48 primary schools. These efforts are aimed at school enrolment and retention.

A further 19 school gardens are maintained by parent-teacher associations and the children themselves, in an effort to incorporate learning as well as provide fresh vegetables for diet diversification.

Sierra Leone

In order to address some of the barriers faced by vulnerable children in Sierra Leone, JAM International, in partnership with Plan International as well as the Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL) has been assisting some 83 333 beneficiaries with supplementary meals in the form of MannaPack™.

JAM currently operates in Bo, Moyamba and Tonkolili with further expansion and growth aimed at assisting the most vulnerable communities.

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 centres.

JAM SA is currently feeding over 120 000 children in more than 3000 centres in nine provinces across the country (Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Free State, North West, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga).

South Sudan

In various South Sudanese Counties, JAM operates as the World Food Programme’s (WFP) second largest implementing partner in the country through the following initiatives:

Nutritional School Feeding: school children receive daily meals as part of school enrolment and retention.

General Food Distribution (GFD): general food parcels to households, which targets Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and families struggling with food. insecurity

Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (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 and monitor malnutrition within communities.

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.


JAM has been appointed as the lead livelihood partner at the Imvepi Refugee Settlement, enabling continuation of food security and sustainable livelihood initiatives for refugees.

Through the establishment of community as well as kitchen gardens, JAM Uganda is continuing to provide nutrient-rich vegetables to supplement diets and current food rations, as well as aiming to enhance the capacity of the beneficiary to produce vegetables for their own consumption and surplus sold to the markets to earn revenue.

Our programmes provide urgent life-saving interventions and direct assistance to meet immediate needs.


Our food and nutrition programmes are tailored to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those of
No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being and Quality Education.

To read more about the difference our programmes are making in the lives of many vulnerable individuals and their communities, visit our stories page here

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