The School Meals Coalition drives actions to urgently improve and scale up school meal programmes to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a healthy, nutritious meal in school by 2030.

In 2021, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with billions of children out of school, rising poverty, and disrupted food supply chains, governments were urgently looking for solutions to these interconnected crises. School meal programs emerged as a powerful, cost-effective means to provide vulnerable children with nutritious meals and support their families and communities.

The School Meals Coalition drives actions to urgently improve and scale up school meal programmes to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a healthy, nutritious meal in school by 2030.

In 2021, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with billions of children out of school, rising poverty, and disrupted food supply chains, governments were urgently looking for solutions to these interconnected crises. School meal programs emerged as a powerful, cost-effective means to provide vulnerable children with nutritious meals and support their families and communities.

The School Meals Coalition drives actions to urgently improve and scale up school meal programmes to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a healthy, nutritious meal in school by 2030.

In 2021, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with billions of children out of school, rising poverty, and disrupted food supply chains, governments were urgently looking for solutions to these interconnected crises. School meal programs emerged as a powerful, cost-effective means to provide vulnerable children with nutritious meals and support their families and communities.

By 2023, restore the progress we made by supporting all countries as they re-establish effective school meal programmes and repair what was lost during the pandemic.

By 2030, reach those we missed. The most vulnerable, in low and lower-middle-income countries, were not being reached even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

By 2030, improve our approach by improving the quality and efficiency of existing school meals programmes in all countries by facilitating a healthy food environment in schools and promoting safe, nutritious, and sustainably produced food.

  • By 2023, restore the progress we made by supporting all countries as they re-establish effective school meal programmes and repair what was lost during the pandemic.
  • By 2030, reach those we missed. The most vulnerable, in low and lower-middle-income countries, were not being reached even before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • By 2030, improve our approach by improving the quality and efficiency of existing school meals programmes in all countries by facilitating a healthy food environment in schools and promoting safe, nutritious, and sustainably produced food.

Recognizing their transformative potential, a group of member states launched the School Meals Coalition at the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.

Ninety-eight countries from North to South have joined the Coalition and 116 partners are supporting governments in achieving their objectives.

The Coalition is supported by a Secretariat hosted by the UN World Food Programme.

Recognizing their transformative potential, a group of member states launched the School Meals Coalition at the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.

96 countries from North to South have joined the Coalition and 114 partners are supporting governments in achieving their objectives.

The Coalition is supported by a Secretariat hosted by the UN World Food Programme.

How does the Coalition work?

The Coalition facilitates governments in making national commitments, fostering collaboration through country-to-country exchanges and regional-level initiatives.

 

Partners support government commitments, fostering a collaborative approach within the Coalition. Municipalities and lawmakers play pivotal roles, contributing to program success.

 

Initiatives address challenges like evidence-based decision-making and sustainable funding.

 

The School Meals Coalition challenges traditional dynamics, recognizing each member’s value. With a committed Task Force and a small secretariat, hosted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Coalition promotes a new multilateralism grounded in country-led solutions, evidence, and breaking silos for global progress.

How does the Coalition work?

The Coalition facilitates governments in making national commitments, fostering collaboration through country-to-country exchanges and regional-level initiatives.

 

Partners support government commitments, fostering a collaborative approach within the Coalition. Municipalities and lawmakers play pivotal roles, contributing to program success.

 

Initiatives address challenges like evidence-based decision-making and sustainable funding.

 

The School Meals Coalition challenges traditional dynamics, recognizing each member’s value. With a committed Task Force and a small secretariat, hosted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Coalition promotes a new multilateralism grounded in country-led solutions, evidence, and breaking silos for global progress.

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