ERIC Number: ED307373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-28
Reference Count: N/A
Modeling Student Participation in School Nutrition Programs.
Barnes, Roberta Ott
This report describes the analyses of student participation in two school nutrition programs, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Data were collected from students and their families during the 1983-84 school year as part of the National Evaluation of the School Nutrition Programs (NESNP). Each program was analyzed separately since the extent of student coverage varies. Primary focus was on the estimates of how student participation was affected by changes in the meal price, a key policy tool that program administrators can use to influence both student participation and program revenues simultaneously. The price elasticity of participation provided a convenient measure to judge student response to change in meal prices. Findings indicated that participation in the NSLP was generally inelastic; students were relatively unresponsive to lunch price increases. Participation in the SBP was found to be more elastic; as breakfast prices increased participation could be expected to drop rapidly. Statistical data are included on four tables. A 16-item bibliography is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Lunch Programs, Models, Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Secondary School Students, Student Costs, Student Participation
The Urban Institute, P.O. Box 7273, Department C, Washington, DC 20044 ($6.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.