By Manuel P. Borges
The nationwide institution Lunch software (NSLP) is without doubt one of the greatest meals and foodstuff tips courses within the usa, feeding hundreds of thousands of youngsters on a daily basis. through the 2006 university yr, this system served 28 million lunches day-by-day, on general, at a price of $8 billion for the 12 months. university meal companies face the duty of serving nutritious and attractive institution lunches, together with unfastened and reduced-price lunches for low-income scholars, and doing so lower than price range constraints. This e-book is meant as a briefing for policymakers and different stakeholders at the heritage and uncomplicated gains of this system. It additionally addresses steps being taken through institution nutrition gurus and USDA's nutrition and meals provider (FNS) in line with demanding situations confronted by way of application directors. one of many major pursuits on NSLP as pointed out by way of Congress is to advertise the overall healthiness and healthiness of the Nation's kids. in recent times, questions were raised in regards to the program's skill to fulfill this target, specifically because the major food challenge has shifted from under-nutrition to obese and weight problems. Public problem for this system has considering if it is contributing to the growing to be challenge of youth weight problems and at the caliber of meals to be had to schoolchildren. concerns on the Federal point contain the best way to support college meal companies enhance the dietary caliber of meals served, in addition to how one can stability software entry and integrity.
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1 20 Katherine Ralston, Constance Newman, Annette Clauson et al. 7 Source: USDA, ERS using data from School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study-III, school year 2004-05, Child Interview, Dietary Recalls, Parent Interview. Weighted tabulations prepared by Gordon et al. (2007a). Note: Participation on a typical day is defined as participation on the day students were interviewed. TANF = Temporary Aid to Needy Families. Preteens in All Categories Participate More than Other Age Groups According to data from SIPP, the age distribution of NSLP participants did not differ greatly across meal types.
This change would extend the benefits of NSLP lunches to students The National School Lunch Program: Background, Trends, … 43 who may not be participating because they cannot afford to pay 40 cents for lunch. The increase in participation also could help some school food authorities increase revenues. The proposals, however, have been considered cost prohibitive. Revenue-Generating Competitive Foods under Scrutiny Foods sold in schools that are not part of the NSLP meal are commonly referred to as “competitive foods” because they are seen as competing with the NSLP meals as food choices for students.
Proposals have been introduced to phase out the reduced-price lunch category, so that free lunches would be offered to students in households with incomes under 185 percent of the poverty level (School Nutrition Association, 2007). This change would extend the benefits of NSLP lunches to students The National School Lunch Program: Background, Trends, … 43 who may not be participating because they cannot afford to pay 40 cents for lunch. The increase in participation also could help some school food authorities increase revenues.