China's 10-year campaign to nourish rural school kids

A student waves the flag of Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.
A student waves the flag of Communist Party of China in Beijing on July 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - When the bell rings, hundreds of students flood into the canteen in the Longfu Primary School in Du'an county, where they will enjoy a free meal with hot rice, meat stew and vegetable stir fry.

Hidden deep in the mountains of southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the outlying Du'an county has been plagued with poverty for decades and was known as one of the poorest places in China.

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