The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today that US $ 12,248 dollars, which is nearly 49,000 meals, have been donated through the Charity Miles program. WFP spokesperson Amy Auguston said these figures are updated through July.
Charity Miles is a free app which keeps track of your walking, running and biking distances. You download the app onto your smartphone. Before starting a workout the user selects a charity and every mile covered means a donation.
WFP is the largest food aid organization in the world. The UN food agency depends entirely on voluntary donations from governments and the public. WFP operates in over 70 countries including war-torn Syria and other areas impacted by conflict, drought and poverty.
The Charity Miles donations are supporting WFP school meal programs. Food is provided by WFP in schools to encourage class attendance and improve performance.
In Mali, emergency school feeding is provided to help children impacted by conflict. WFP provides school feeding for Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Iraq. Many other countries have WFP school feeding and also take home ration initiatives. Funding shortages often impact these programs.
To learn more about Charity Miles visit www.charitymiles.org