ERIC Number: ED481969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The School Meals Initiative Implementation Study. First Year Report.
Abraham, Sameer; Chattopadhyay, Manas; Sullivan, Colleen; Mallory, Larry; Steiger, Darby Miller; Daft, Lynn; Arcos, Alyssa; Wilbraham, Brooke
This report, authorized by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, contains information on the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children (SMI), a reform of school-meals programs aimed at upgrading the nutritional content of school meals. The purpose of the study was to describe and evaluate: (1) overall implementation of the SMI; (2) key operational characteristics of school-meals programs at both the school district and state agency level; and (3) training and technical assistance associated with school-meals programs. Findings are based on data collected from self-administered mail surveys, supplemented by telephone interviews, from a nationally representative sample of school food directors in 2,038 school districts and from 50 state child nutrition agencies responsible for administrating school-meals programs. This first of three reports covers the 1997-98 school year. Key findings are summarized under the following broad topics: overall status of SMI implementation; procedures followed in implementing the SMI; impact of the SMI; the role of training and technical assistance; and the role of state child nutrition agencies. The report contains numerous tables and the survey instruments used for the data collection. (WFA)
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Child Health, Dining Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Food Standards, Hunger, Lunch Programs, Nutrition, School Health Services, Student Behavior, Student Welfare
Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, 10th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500. Web site: http://www.fns.usda.gov/oane.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Washington, DC.