ERIC Number: ED156811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Special Milk Program Evaluation and National School Lunch Program Survey.
Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
This evaluation of the Special Milk Program (SMP) was undertaken in order to assess the impact of the free milk provision on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and on student milk consumption. Other objectives of the study included (1) assessing milk waste in schools and factors affecting this waste; (2) updating data from previous surveys on school, food, and milk service operations; and (3) determining the impact of the SMP on the demand for milk in schools. Survey data indicate that the free milk provision had a marked impact on the SMP. This provision changed the SMP from a simple subsidization program with a minimum of administrative burden to a complex and administratively difficult program. A number of schools dropped the program because of the free milk provision. The impact of the SMP, in general, and the free milk provision, in particular, on the NSLP was negligible. Survey responses indicated that the availability of the SMP did not serve as a deterrent to a school's inaugurating either the NSLP or the Student Breakfast Program (SBP). Survey data showed that both programs increased levels of student milk consumption. Survey data also showed that 88% of all schools, enrolling 90% of the U.S. school population, participated in at least one of the USDA child nutrition programs in January of 1975. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Washington, DC.