National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
The federal school meals programs operate in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools across the country, serving more than 31 million school children each day. Philadelphia's Universal School Meals Program - which allows all children in high-poverty schools to eat for free, without a meal application - is a highly-regarded national model.
Due to major budget cuts, the Philadelphia School District recently announced its decision to close 26 full-service kitchens and replace them with pre-plated ("satellite") meals. Along with other leading nutrition advocates, the Center testified against the decision at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission in June 2011.