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 Survey of School Meal Programs

Evidence-based Support for School Meal Programs

The Global Survey of School Meal Programs

Monitoring Progress and Challenges in Global School Feeding

School Feeding Works

Evidence-based Support for School Meal Programs

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.

A Case Study for Public Private-Partnerships

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

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 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.

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.

HGSF Resource Framework

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

Schools as a System to Improve Nutrition

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

2017 Forum Resources

Montréal, Canada

September 17-21, 2017

2017 Forum Resources

2016 Forum Resources

Yerevan, Armenia

September 5-9, 2016

2016 Forum Resources

2015 Forum Resources

Sal Island, Cabo Verde

September 28-October 2, 2015

2015 Forum Resources

2014 Forum Resources

Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

September 29-October 3, 2014

2014 Forum Resources

2013 Forum Resources

Salvador, Brazil

May 20-24, 2013

2013 Forum Resources
Structured Demand & Home-Grown School Feeding: Background and Funding Options

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

WFP CoE- The Brazilian Experience

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

Strengthening National Safety Nets

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

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)

Rethinking School Feeding (2009)

Social Safety Nets, Child Development, and the Education Sector

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.

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.

SABER Toolkit

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

2017 Global Nutrition Report
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.

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.

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.

Stepping up school-based food
and nutrition education

Exploring challenges, finding solutions
and building partnerships