School feeding for improving the physical and psychosocial health of disadvantaged students (Review)

Key Information


Kristjansson, B; Petticrew, M; MacDonald, B; Krasevec, J; Janzen, L; Greenhalgh, T; Wells, GA; MacGowan, J; Farmer, AP; Shea, B; Mayhew, A; Tugwell, P; Welch, V

Year published


Study type


Countries in analysis

  • China
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Peru
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America


The study is not subnational.


  • Boys in school
  • Girls in school

Population description

Children and adolescents, in any country, aged 5 to 19, who attended primary or high school.

Age range

5 - 19

Analysis type

Meta-analysis / Systematic review

Intervention Description

Meals (breakfast or lunch) or snacks (including milk) administered in a school setting. If a study included two or more experimental groups given different types of meals, chose the meals with the highest energy and/or protein content for data extraction and analysis.

Approaches and Outcomes