Nutritional Development Services Connects

Nutritional Development Services accomplishes its mission of feeding children and those in need by connecting resources with those in need of resources. In the case of Meals for Children, NDS connects federally-funded programs with area schools, child care centers, shelters and community-based centers. It is our tax dollars at work in service to children! With the Community Food Program, NDS connects the generous donations of individuals, schools and parishes with local food cupboards, soup kitchens and outreach teams.

What is NDS?

Nutritional Development Services (NDS) is an agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia within the Secretariat for Catholic Human Services.Learn More

Child Nutrition Programs

The NDS School Lunch Program provides free or low cost meals to children and students in the Philadelphia region.Learn More

Community Food Program

The NDS Community Food Program helps people who are in need of food throughout the city and surrounding counties. People of all faiths and ethnicities depend on us for assistance.Learn More


Recent News

  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program 2013-2014

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program 2013-2014

  • June 27th, 2013

Congratulations! Pan American Academy Charter School, Visitation School, and Gesu School! The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) awarded the above schools with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant.


When I am looking for a simple service project to do with a group of high school or college students, I’m always grateful knowing that NDS will make sure our snack bags get into the hands of children who need an encouraging word along with a bit of after-school protein.  It helps us raise awareness about kids in need so close to home.  And the NDS pickup policy is a life-saver!  Thanks for helping us to help you feed the hungry!
Christine Eberle, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Our students are arriving bright and early to satisfy their hunger! They are hungry for a great education and a well-balanced breakfast! At St. Francis de Sales, we are making sure that they get both thanks to NDS’ wonderful program.
Sister Mary McNulty
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program has been the most exciting thing to happen at Gesu this year. Students are thoroughly enjoying tasting some fruits and vegetables that are totally new to them. They love listening to the morning announcements which explain the nutritional value and the history of the fruit and vegetable. This program has been invaluable to our healthy eating program.
Sister Ellen Convey, IHM, Principal
Your meals are the best, and the kids love them!
Project Mercy-Tioga, Site 64
The meals are nutritionally balanced for our children’s growing minds and bodies.
Salvation Army, Site 92
NDS is responsive and organized. Our organization has a long-standing relationship with NDS.
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, Site 306
Excellent service, organized and timely, very nutritious and tasty, based on a previous relationship.
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Site 2101
Satisfied with many years of service. Meals are nutritious and well packaged.
Word Alive Learning Center, Site 381
As Community Service Corps moderator at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls and supervisor of the Food Cupboard at Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill, I have witnessed the benefits of NDS and the Community Food Program firsthand. The dedication and organization of this program helps feed many families throughout the city of Philadelphia.  From peanut butter and jelly drives to one can meal collections, the food program collects and distributes the healthy food to those who need it most. NDS gives those who can help the opportunity to put their faith into action.
Brooke Hauer, Little Flower High School for Girls