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ERIC Number: ED502401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Profiles of Participants in the National School Lunch Program: Data From Two National Surveys. ERS Report Summary
Newman, Constance; Ralston, Katherine
US Department of Agriculture
In 2004, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) served an average of 29 million lunches daily, at a Federal cost of $7.6 billion. Schools are reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) according to the number of each type of meal served. FNS administrative data do not include information on the demographic characteristics of school meal participants--information that could help program administrators more effectively target the program. This study examines the demographic characteristics of students who are served by the NSLP and it looks at whether nationally representative surveys that include NSLP data can adequately estimate participant characteristics. [This is a summary of a full ERS report, which may be found at ED502400.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families