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Resource | Final Rule

Final Rule: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Additional Menu Planning Approaches

This final rule also adds a method that allows schools to use “any reasonable approach” to plan menus.

Resource | Research | Demonstrations

Evaluation of the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning Demonstration

The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service. The NSLP operates in over 94,000 schools and institutions. More than 26 million children receive meals through the program on any given day; about half of these meals are provided free of charge. The SBP operates in approximately two-thirds of the schools and institutions that offer the NSLP, most commonly in schools that serve large numbers of economically disadvantaged children. 

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations

Eating Breakfast: Effects of the School Breakfast Program

The analysis conducted in this study builds on these two strands of the literature and uses three alternate definitions of breakfast: Consumption of any food or beverage. Breakfast intake of food energy greater than 10 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Consumption of foods from at least two of five main food groups and intake of food energy greater than 10 percent of the RDA. 

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations

Evaluation of the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning Demonstration: Findings from the Formative Evaluation

Data was collected from directors of 34 School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) demonstration during fall 1995 and winter 1996. This information was used to assess the implementation status of these sites and examine perceived strengths and weaknesses of the system.