Welcome to the GCNF Resource Library! As the hub of the global school meal network, GCNF is dedicated to capturing and sharing the experiences and stories of the network—including innovations, challenges, and lessons learned. The resources below are designed to help support the network to design, plan, and implement their own nutritious, locally-sourced school meal programs.
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Global Child Nutrition Foundation presents GCNF in 2023 compiling key highlights and favorite moments from 2023. This report includes event and presentation summaries, along with links to articles, presentations and more.
The Global Survey of School Meal Programs © aims to strengthen the work of the global school meal network by developing a comprehensive description of all the core aspects of large-scale school meal programs around the world. Covering 139 countries, of which 125 had large-scale school feeding, the 2022 edition of School Meal Programs Around the World presents the results of GCNF's second Global Survey of School Meal Programs, conducted from July 2021 through March 2022.
A regional report based on the results of the 2019 Global Survey of School Meal Programs, published in May 2022 by Frontiers in Public Health.
Global Child Nutrition Foundation and the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) developed this toolkit to provide guidance and support to organizations managing school feeding programs while navigating the challenges of COVID-19.
A report on the peer-to-peer learning experience of Global Child Nutrition Foundation and World Food Programme Centre of Excellence against Hunger.
The State Survey of School Meal Programs is an adaptation of the Global Survey of School Meal Programs © and aims to gather nuanced data at the sub-national level in countries operating significantly decentralized programs, which may not be comprehensively captured through the Global Survey.
An exploratory study to map school meal program stakeholders and gain a better understanding of the NGO partnership model across three key pre-school and school-based child nutrition programmes in India—MDM, Anganwadi, and Tribal Residential School Feeding (TRSF).
Read highlights from this workshop on emerging best practices in the implementation of Midday Meal Scheme, hosted by Government of Kerala in February 2020. With participation from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telengana, Goa, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep
What we’re learning about fortification and biofortification from the GCNF Global Survey of School Meal Programs©. Presented at the 2020 GCNForum.
An instrument developed by GCNF to assist countries with the establishment and implementation of sustainable school feeding programs. Available in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.
Prepared for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this study explores policy and funding mechanisms that enabled five middle income countries to establish a country-owned and operated school feeding program.
A set of infographics perfect for at-a-glance learning. Using Global Survey data, these infographics explore school feeding at the global and regional levels, and dive into health, nutrition, gender, and more.
Check out this playlist to see all plenary sessions and the country sharing sessions and hear from school meal program leaders from around the world speak on their programs.
In partnership with GCNF, the GlobalFoodbanking Network (GFN) developed this guide to help food banks create, adapt, or expand school feeding programs to best meet their community’s needs.
A position paper by the Nutrition Working Group of CORE Group on the prevention of overweight/obesity in low- and middle-income countries.
Members of the Pacific School Food Network (PSFN) recently published a commentary entitled "Growing our future: Introducing the Pacific School Food Network to support healthy school food and nutrition environments for better nourished children in the Pacific Islands" in The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific Journal.
The first of two volumes, exploring how sustainable public food procurement (PFP) can be used as a development tool for school meal programs.
In this handbook, Tetra Pak provides a unique insight into the many positive benefits that school feeding programmes are bringing to children and communities worldwide, and includes examples of programs with impact data and best practices.
This publication provides an analysis of the state of school feeding in 2020, describes the impact of COVID-19 on school feeding around the world and presents what can be done to restore this global safety net.
Based on the HGSFP Resource Framework, this course can help governments achieve their goals and foster a community of practice in home-grown school feeding.
This policy brief by GloPan explains why a greater policy emphasis is needed on the multiple-win agenda that couples meals in schools with benefits to agriculture, education, and nutrition.
A paper by the World Bank focused on how the food system can deliver improved nutrition and health for better lives and well-being.
This report is the main reporting mechanism of the School Meals Coalition. It provides an overview on how countries support their children through effective school feeding programmes and is available in a variety of languages.