​T​he recent global economic crisis coupled with issues surrounding obesity and health inequalities has given rise to a global interest in school feeding programmes, shown to improve the nutritional status, health and well-being, learning and educational achievement of children and adolescents. 

Despite the global recognition and implementation of the programmes, they often do not all deliver messages about healthy eating that fit with children's, adolescents and family practices outside of the school environment. To combat challenges faced in ensuring these programmes are sustainable, assessing their benefits and drawbacks is vital. 

In order to fully understand the impacts of different school feeding models, academic journal, Frontiers have recently opened an online discussion forum where varied theories and knowledge from academics and practitioners can be shared and coordinated. 

The forum's research topic, "The impact of school food consumption on children's cognition, educational attainment and social development​​" invites original, review and opinion papers from across a diverse range of disciplines which supports evidence based decisions to allow policy and programme implementers to deliver school feeding programmes which are effective and sustainable.​