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ERIC Number: ED502404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 56
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
The National School Lunch Program: Background, Trends, and Issues. Economic Research Report Number 61
Ralston, Katherine; Newman, Constance; Clauson, Annette; Guthrie, Joanne; Buzby, Jean
US Department of Agriculture
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the Nation's second largest food and nutrition assistance program. In 2006, it operated in over 101,000 public and nonprofit private schools and provided over 28 million low-cost or free lunches to children on a typical school day at a Federal cost of $8 billion for the year. This report provides background information on the NSLP, including historical trends and participant characteristics. It also addresses steps being taken to meet challenges facing administrators of the program, including tradeoffs between nutritional quality of foods served, costs, and participation, as well as between program access and program integrity. (Contains 2 tables and 7 figures.)
US Department of Agriculture. 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Nutrition Act 1966; National School Lunch Act 1946; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1981