Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future: How School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Studies Helped Change School Meals

Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future: How School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Studies Helped Change School Meals

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Published: Aug 23, 2016
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
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School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV (SNDA IV)

Time frame: 2008-2012

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Authors

Anne Gordon

Katherine Niland

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers two school meal programs—the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program—which provided 31 million school lunches and 14 million breakfasts, respectively, on an average school day in fiscal year 2015 (USDA 2016). Nearly three-fourths (73 percent)of the lunches and 85 percent of the breakfasts were provided free or at a reduced price, and the total federal costs of the lunches and breakfasts were $11.7 billion and $3.8billion, respectively (USDA 2016).

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