Webinar: SDP Universal School Meals Needs Assessment – May 23

Posted by PHENND on April 30, 2024
Presenters: Gabriella Maria McLoughlin, Yerusalem Yohannes and Molly Kerstetter from Temple University 
Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Addressing food insecurity among school-aged youth remains a national and local priority; since 2013 the School District of Philadelphia has provided free breakfast and lunch at no charge to families in order to prevent hunger and improve access to healthy foods in students. However, participation in these programs is lower than anticipated with roughly 70% of students participating in lunch and 30-40% in breakfast. The Temple Community-Driven Implementation Science lab partnered with the school district to help identify ways to innovate school meals to reach more students and address hunger.
This webinar will feature initial findings from a district-wide needs assessment of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), also known as Universal School Meals, which took place across the 2023-2024 academic year. The goals of this needs assessment were to 1) understand challenges and facilitators to implementing CEP, 2) learn experiences of students/families as key participants of the program, and 3) identify potential ways to improve implementation and student uptake in future years. We will report survey, interview, and observation data from 8 different schools (6 K-8; 2 HS) and 193 participants across participant types (i.e., students, parents, teachers, food service, administrators).
Following the highlight of results, we will discuss the next steps for the study and how members of the Philadelphia community can stay involved and contribute in the coming years.

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