ERIC Number: ED362956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Making Room on the Tray: Fruits and Vegetables in the National School Lunch Program.
Bellinger, Mark; And Others
This document presents findings of the latest annual report on school lunches conducted by Public Voice for Food Health Policy. The study examines access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in terms of nutrition, distribution, and food safety. Data were obtained through telephone surveys of 200 school districts with 4,000 or more students and a questionnaire mailed to the 50 state commodity distribution directors. Forty-nine distribution directors responded. Major conclusions are that children are not consuming nearly enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and that the NSLP makes an inadequate contribution to fruit and vegetable consumption among children. In addition, the USDA commodity program has been unable to meet the logistical requirements for distribution to schools. Finally, school food-service personnel expressed interest in procuring nonchemically grown produce. Specific recommendations are made under the following areas: (1) increase the number of servings of fruits and vegetables required in the NSLP Meal Pattern from two to three servings; (2) improve the nutritional quality of fruits and vegetables supplied to the NSLP; (3) overhaul the distribution of fresh produce to the NSLP through the commodity program (a responsibility of USDA); and (4) within 5 years, make sure that 25 percent of all foods provided by USDA to the NSLP are grown with low levels of pesticides. Sixteen tables and three charts are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Child Health, Elementary Education, Food, Food Service, Food Standards, Health, Lunch Programs, Nutrition, School District Spending
Public Voice for Food and Health Policy, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 522, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Voice for Food and Health Policy, Washington, DC.