School Feeding Program

About the program

The School Feeding Program is essentially created to ensure food and nutritional care to the population of children, adolescents and young students of the Educational System of the Dominican Republic. The program covers part of the daily nutritional needs of students in schools, reducing their levels of absenteeism and dropout rates.

Country Dominican Republic
Classification Alimentación escolar
FNS Dimension Acceso

General objective

Ensure a daily, varied, balanced diet with quality and including adequate nutritional requirements, through an adapted menu to the local reality, consistent with the socio-cultural and economic environment parameters, as well as the availability of products and characteristic food supplies of the regions. It promotes educational or cultural activities that allow for the formation of eating habits in the school population, served by the education system and through the development of components regarding food security, with the participation of teachers, families and community.

Specific objectives

  1. Daily supply of a diet for students with a varied, balanced and adequate supply of quality food with a menu which considers the local reality, adapted to the nutritional needs, cultural patterns and the provision of inputs in the areas where they live.
  2. Define mechanisms for lifelong learning that would meet the educational component in food safety related to the School Feeding Program (PAE), in coordination with other entities and institutions.
  3. Contribute to learning and the generation of food and social habits, understood as the proper way people choose, manipulate and ingest their food.
  4. Contribute to the access, retention and academic performance of students in the educational system of the Dominican Republic and decrease dropout rates.
  5. Promote and strengthen local and national economies through the incorporation of micro and medium enterprises as suppliers.

2015: 1.4 million studants

Components and/or products

School feeding

The program partially covers daily nutritional needs of students, the different modalities include:

  1. Extended School Day Modality which includes delivery of food rations in three stages: Breakfast which depends on the geographical location of schools; Prepared lunch that is delivered (considers hiring supplier companies), or cooked in the school center. In the afternoon, a snack of juice or dairy is delivered. In this modality, a menu is delivered that corresponds with four cyclical weeks, allowing the development of various foods accordingly to children’s nutritional requirements starting from early education up to secondary education. It promotes family involvement. Currently it reaches approximately 1,600 schools.
  2. The modality “PAE Fronterizo” is implemented in communities across the southwest and northwest of the Dominican Republic, representing coverage of approximately 3.2% of total beneficiaries of the program centers. Under this scheme, raw products such as rice, beans, “guandules”, sardines and sausages are delivered. Its implementation involves parents of the beneficiaries.
  3. The modality “PAE REAL (School Ration with Local Food)” is implemented in schools located in remote areas of the country, as well as those located in places difficult to reach and benefit students from Early and Basic education. Rations are delivered on a weekly basis to the centers so they can prepare and cook the food which consists of bananas (green or ripe), salamis, eggs, cornmeal, bread, cheese, rice and a glass of prepared milk. It integrates families during the processes for preparation, cooking and distribution of food, respecting the existing menu for each day of the week. For the school year 2013 - 2014 other foods such as carrots, tomatoes and cod were included.
  4. The modality “PAE Urbano” is implemented in schools located in urban areas of the country. Daily rations received by students in early education (5 to 6 years) and Basic (7 years to 14 years approximately) is composed of milk (plain and flavored), juice, nectars and solid ration of bread and a nutritious cookie. Milk is delivered for three days and juices and nectars are delivered for two days. Currently, this modality covers about 92% of existing public schools.
Target population

Children, youths and young students from all schools in the Educational System of the Dominican Republic



Geographical coverage Urbano y rural
Annual budget

2015: DOP$9,732.8 million

Responsible organism

Ministerio de Educación

Executing organism Instituto Nacional de Bienestar Estudiantil
Financial sources