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US Department of Agriculture, 2017
Education is closely linked with economic outcomes. This report highlights key trends in educational attainment among rural Americans and the relationship between educational attainment and economic prosperity for rural people and places. Rural Americans are increasingly educated, but gains in educational attainment vary across demographic groups.…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Trends, Economic Impact
US Department of Agriculture, 2016
Many people have definitions for the term rural, but seldom are these rural definitions in agreement. For some, rural is a subjective state of mind. For others, rural is an objective quantitative measure. In this brief report the United States Department of Agriculture presents the following information along with helpful links for the reader: (1)…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Definitions, Information Sources, Health Programs
Harkness, Joseph; Logan, Christopher W.; Shivji, Azim; Nisar, Hiren; Connor, Patty – US Department of Agriculture, 2015
Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 made the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) available to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and schools in high poverty areas. Under the CEP, families are not required to submit applications for free or reduced-price meals, and schools must provide free lunch and breakfast to…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Food, Federal Programs, Eligibility
Hulsey, Lara; Gordon, Anne; Leftin, Joshua; Beyler, Nicholas; Schirm, Allen; Smither-Wulsin, Claire; Crumbley, Will – US Department of Agriculture, 2015
This report presents findings from the Access Evaluation, a study component that is designed to assess the potential impacts of direct certification-Medicaid (DC-M) on students' access to free school meals by conducting retrospective simulations of DC-M in school year 2011-2012, the year before the demonstration began. For the Access Evaluation,…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs, Welfare Services, Income
US Department of Agriculture, 2015
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation's highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed…
Descriptors: Eligibility, Breakfast Programs, Lunch Programs, Nutrition
Logan, Christopher W.; Connor, Patty; Harvill, Eleanor L.; Harkness, Joseph; Nisar, Hiren; Checkoway, Amy; Peck, Laura R.; Shivji, Azim; Bein, Edwin; Levin, Marjorie; Enver, Ayesha – US Department of Agriculture, 2014
Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 made the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) available to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and schools in high poverty areas. Under the CEP, families are not required to submit applications for free or reducedprice (FRP) meals, and schools must provide free lunch and breakfast…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs, Federal Legislation, School Districts
Gray, Kelsey Farson; Eslami, Esa – US Department of Agriculture, 2014
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as the foundation of America's national nutrition safety net. It is the nation's first line of defense against food insecurity and offers a powerful tool to improve nutrition among low-income individuals. SNAP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Food Service, Welfare Services, Welfare Recipients
US Department of Agriculture, 2011
This report responds to the requirement of Public Law 110-246 to assess the effectiveness of State and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals. Under direct certification, children are determined eligible for free school meals without the need for household applications by using data from other means-tested programs. The…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Nutrition, Certification, Program Effectiveness
Moore, Quinn; Conway, Kevin; Kyler, Brandon – US Department of Agriculture, 2011
This report responds to the legislative requirement of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L.110-246) to assess the effectiveness of State and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Direct certification is a process conducted by the States and by local…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Nutrition, Certification, Program Effectiveness
Ollinger, Michael; Ralston, Katherine; Guthrie, Joanne – US Department of Agriculture, 2011
Over 42 million meals--31.2 million lunches and 11 million breakfasts--were served on a typical school day in fiscal year 2009 to children through USDA's National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. School food authorities (SFAs) operate local school feeding programs and deliver the meals to the schools. SFAs must serve appealing,…
Descriptors: Economic Research, Breakfast Programs, Nutrition, Costs
Ollinger, Michael; Ralston, Katherine; Guthrie, Joanne – US Department of Agriculture, 2011
This study examines the extent to which location influences school foodservice costs per meal. It does not examine the effects of cost variation on financial solvency of an school food authority (SFA) or the adequacy of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal reimbursements. Higher per meal costs do not necessarily indicate that an SFA is…
Descriptors: Economic Research, Nutrition, Costs, Food Service
Ranalli, Dennis; Harper, Edward; Hirschman, Jay – US Department of Agriculture, 2011
This report summarizes the results of the school year (SY) 2008-2009 review of applications approved for free or reduced-price benefits under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) selected nearly 279,000 applications for verification review from among 8.6 million applications approved for…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs, School Districts, Program Proposals
US Department of Agriculture, 2010
Schools that serve meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are required to maintain proper sanitation and health standards in conformance with all applicable State and local laws and regulations. In addition, schools are required to obtain two school food safety inspections per school year, which are…
Descriptors: Safety, Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs, Nutrition
Dragoset, Lisa; Gordon, Anne – US Department of Agriculture, 2010
This report describes work using nationally representative 2005 data from the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment-III (SNDA-III) study to develop a simulation model to predict the potential implications of changes in policies or practices related to school meals and school food environments. The model focuses on three domains of outcomes: (1) the…
Descriptors: National Programs, Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs, Nutrition
US Department of Agriculture, 2009
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health care and social service referrals to nutritionally at-risk low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children through age 4. This report offers updated estimates of the population that…
Descriptors: Eligibility, At Risk Persons, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
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