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Pediatría (Asunción)

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MENDOZA DE ARBO, Laura  e  SANCHEZ BERNAL, Susana. Evaluation of school meal coverage in 4 departments of Paraguay. During 2016-2018. Pediatr. (Asunción) [online]. 2020, vol.47, n.3, pp.151-158. ISSN 1683-9803.


The school meal contributes to nutrition and school performance, it is important to know its reach.


To evaluate school meals in Concepción, Cordillera, Paraguarí and Central, in terms of implementation and reach.

Materials and Methods:

This was a retrospective, descriptive, observational study of awarded contracts for school meals between 2016-2018 in Concepción, Cordillera, Paraguarí and Central. We characterized the included institutions, covered days of the school calendar (180 days) and number of beneficiaries.


15 contracts were included. In Concepción, 90% of schools were public institutions, 6% private, 3% without data; in Cordillera 88% were public, 8% private, 4% without data; in Paraguarí 91% were public, 3% private, the rest without data; in Central 12% were private, 11% without data, the rest public. In Concepción there were 30,112 beneficiaries in 2016/2017 and 27,514 in 2018, in Cordillera it increased from 37,167 (2017) to 44,375 (2018); in Paraguarí it varied from 30,339 (2016) to 29,761 (2018), in Central there were 180,535 beneficiaries in 2017-2018. In Concepción in 2016/2017 meals were planned for 80 days, 133 days in 2018, in Cordillera 160 days in 2017, 117 days in 2018; in Paraguarí in 2016 there were 122 days, 110 in 2017 and 117 days in 2018; In Central there were 216 days in 2017-2018. The beneficiaries covered according to the Single Student Registry in 2018 were 78.5% in Concepción, 87% in Cordillera, 90% in Paraguarí, 75% in Central.


In the provision of school meals, the majority of schools were public institutions, there was a decrease in beneficiaries in 2018 except in Cordillera. 2/3 of the registered beneficiaries were included and meals were provided for just over half the school year.

Palavras-chave : School lunch; students; educational institutions; beneficiaries..

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