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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.

If you’d like to submit a resource to be included in our library, please contact us at info@gcnf.org.

Featured Resource

School Meal Programs Around the World

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. The Global Child Nutrition Foundation conducted the first survey in 2019, and will repeat it every two to three years thereafter.

The survey asks a standard set of questions to develop a baseline database on the current state of school feeding programs in all countries of the world, including those with no school feeding activities. The following report explores the survey’s findings chapter-by-chapter.

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School Meal Programs Around the World

Report based on the 2019 Global Survey of School Meal Programs

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2019 GLOBAL SURVEY PREVIEW

A preliminary view of findings from the 2019 Global Survey of School Meal Programs.

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Fortification and Biofortification to Meet Children's Nutrition Needs

What we’re learning about fortification and biofortification from the GCNF Global Survey of School Meal Programs©. Presented at the 2020 GCNForum.

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Mapping of School Meal Stakeholders in India: An Exploratory Study

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).

GCNFORUM RESOURCES

Executive Summaries, Communiqués, reports, and more from the Global Child Nutrition Forum, the largest gathering of the global school meal network.

School Feeding Works

A brief history of US Government support for domestic and international school meal programs and a summary of evidence regarding their effectiveness.

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SCHOOL FEEDING TOOLKIT

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.

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COUNTRY POLICY AND FUNDING MECHANISM STUDY

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.

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HGSF RESOURCE FRAMEWORK

A set of resources for the planning and implementation of home-grown school feeding programs, developed collaboratively with multiple partners.

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SCHOOLS AS A SYSTEM TO IMPROVE NUTRITION

A new statement by United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition for school-based food and nutrition interventions.

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A CASE STUDY FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE-PARTNERSHIPS

Republic of South Africa’s Department of Basic Education & The Tiger Brands Foundation

Partner Resources

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Tetra Pak's School Feeding Handbook

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.

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STATE OF SCHOOL FEEDING WORLD WIDE (2020)

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.

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STEPPING UP SCHOOL-BASED FOOD AND NUTRITION EDUCATION

Exploring challenges, finding solutions and building partnerships

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STRENGTHENING NATIONAL SAFETY NETS

School Feeding: WFP’s Evolving Role in Latin America and the Caribbean

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STATE OF SCHOOL FEEDING WORLD WIDE (2013)

A report by WFP to better understand the strengths and challenges of school feeding programs globally, building from Rethinking School Feeding (2009)

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RETHINKING SCHOOL FEEDING (2009)

Social Safety Nets, Child Development, and the Education Sector

WFP COE- THE BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE

Executive Summary of WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger’s Public Food Procurement from Smallholder Farmers – The Brazilian Experience

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PCD MENU PLANNER

Menus based on the World Health Organization’s daily nutritional recommendations in this tool developed by the Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College.

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HEALTHY MEALS IN SCHOOL: POLICY INNOVATIONS LINKING AGRICULTURE, FOOD SYSTEMS, AND NUTRITION

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.

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HOME-GROWN SCHOOL FEEDING: TIME FOR DONORS TO DEEPEN ENGAGEMENT

An analysis by PCD of the need to further raise awareness of HGSF on the part of both national governments and the donor community.

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SABER TOOLKIT

A collaborative effort from the World Bank and technical partners supporting the collection and analysis of country-level policy data.

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THE SCHOOL FOOD PLAN: LINKING HEALTHY, LOCAL FOOD TO THE GOAL OF IMPROVING CHILDREN’S EDUCATION (2013)

An action plan by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent to improve school meal programs in England.

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STRUCTURED DEMAND & HOME-GROWN SCHOOL FEEDING: BACKGROUND AND FUNDING OPTIONS

A presentation by Arlene Mitchell prepared for the 2011 Global Child Nutrition Forum.

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THE FUTURE OF FOOD: SHAPING THE GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEM TO DELIVER IMPROVED NUTRITION AND HEALTH

A paper by the World Bank focused on how the food system can deliver improved nutrition and health for better lives and well-being.