A brief history of Feeding Futures

A brief history of Feeding Futures began when Vanessa Bennett. As a mother of young children in the UK, she learned that children were collapsing from hunger at St Brendan’s Primary in the Rift Valley of Kenya. The head teacher, Peterson Githinji, a friend of Vanessa’s worked together in 2009 and pledged to do all they could to feed the children at the school. With the help of supporters in the UK, Feeding Futures was born.

In April 2010, Feeding Futures built a kitchen at St Brendan’s School and later added a food store. With joy and celebration, all 730 children at the school received a daily substantial cooked meal from July 2011. St Brendan’s received an award for the most improved exam scores in the area, and the feeding programme was the talk of the district. More importantly is the impact on individual lives.

Feeding Futures then partnered with Mukinyai Primary, providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. Many of the children would have had no lunch at all and for some, it is their only cooked meal of the day. The impact of the meals, supported by effective water harvesting has been huge. The community has come together and now provides the school meals independently from Feeding Futures.

Having heard of the work at Mukinyai, late in 2021, 15 schools applied to work in partnership with Feeding Futures. Four schools were shortlisted. Sidai Primary was one of the four selected to receive support to provide school breakfasts and lunches. Through serious partnership, guttering and tanks have been installed with a kitchen being built (November 2022). The aim is to provide meals to all the children at Sidai Primary School from January 2023.

  • Relieving hunger

  • Reducing poverty

  • Promoting self-esteem

  • Combatting donor dependence

By combining meals for children at school with community training in sustainable agriculture, Feeding Futures works to improve the long-term prospects of disadvantaged, rural communities.

The Vision

Prospering independent Rural African communities

Partnering with rural communities

Increasing school attendance

Improving the perceived value of education

Improving children’s health

Improving national exam scores

Feeding Futures is currently providing meals to around 300 children at Sidai Primary School and farm training to around 140 households. The plan is to use the ‘Partnership for Sustainability’ model with more schools in the region over the next five years but also to offer the model to others who can learn from the Feeding Futures team..

The gift of water

D. Hunja-Previous member of MPS Board of management, “Since 1976, Mukinyai Primary school has never had a single drop of water. Feeding Futures was sent here by God to prepare us for the pandemic we are experiencing right now. Pupils used to fetch water at the river Mau and you can imagine if we didn’t have water, pupils would be coming with their own water for hand-washing purposes. Now we have enough water not only to cook but for also for hand-washing.”

D. Hunja-Previous, former Board of School Management

The benefit of school meals

The head teacher Mary Njoroge said “Needy pupils can now access at least two meals a day with one of the meals being at school since their parents cannot afford to provide breakfast or lunch at home which has been provided at school for the last 2 years”. 

“Cases of absenteeism have gradually reduced and the health of the children has improved since they receive a balanced diet which has been guaranteed and also an improved school discipline since in the past there were many cases of theft of money at home by the pupils so that they can buy food during lunch hour and there has been no need by the same pupils to steal money from their parents now that they have no food to buy. The moral values have also improved such as responsible children who wash their plates and cups and patience in that they queue well during meals time and in case there is a class of pupils who have been caught up in a class activity and got late for their meals actually find that the other pupils did not get double portions and left them without a meal”

Mary Njorge, Head Teacher


  • Motivates school attendance

  • Provides energy to sustain concentration on learning

  • Improves health and resilience

  • Improves exam results


Everyone needs encouragement so by working together much more can be achieved. The children get a better educational experience as parents learn and share new skills.


Delivering farm training empowers individuals to be independent and also helps communities work together and support each other.

Meet Our Team

Vanessa Bennett

Co-founder and Chair of Trustees

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Colin Clark

Trustee and Treasurer

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Jenni Clark


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Michael Askwith


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Peterson Githinji

Co-founder, Executive Chair (Kenya)

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Gemima Kema

Trustee in Kenya

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Andrew Njenga

Trustee in Kenya

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About Sam

Nderitu Nyaga

Development Support and Livestock Officer
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