Healthy meals means healthy minds and bodies, especially for children.
That’s why Share Food Program prioritizes the nourishment of kids throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
Through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Share Food Program distributes USDA commodity foods to nearly 800 schools in our city and throughout the Philadelphia region.
We also serve children and their families through our network of pantries and SNAP-Ed partnerships.
With our growing team of hunger-relief experts and advocates, Share Food Program is working to ensure children have access to food every day, even when schools shuttered at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and every summer when classes are out.
We offer students daily access to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
We supply books (from BookSmiles) and nutrition-education resources to children and families as part of on-going fresh produce distributions.
When children go hungry, they suffer severe emotional and physical health consequences. Children who do not have adequate nutrition tend to be sick more often, are at greater risk for chronic illnesses, and experience lower performance in school because they cannot concentrate. Hungry children also have more social and behavioral problems, and they cannot adapt as effectively to stress as children who have enough to eat.
School Lunch Facts and Figures
In the 2020 – 2021 school year, nearly 20 million of our nation’s children received a school lunch, with 19,562,000 children receiving a free lunch, 34,000 children receiving a reduced-price lunch, and 210,000 children receiving a paid lunch.