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Evaluation of the National School Lunch Program Application/Verification Pilot Projects

Resource type
Research type
Assessing/Improving Operations
Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored the NSLP Application/Verification Pilot Projects to test ways to improve the process for certifying students for free or reduced-price meals. This report presents findings on the impacts of two alternatives to the current application-based certification process - Up-Front Documentation and Graduated Verification - that were tested in 12 public school districts over a three-year period.

Page updated: September 18, 2023