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School Foodservice Indirect Cost Study

Resource type
Research type
Assessing/Improving Operations
Cost Study
Report to Congress
Resource Materials
PDF Icon Summary (87.89 KB)
PDF Icon Final Report (1.53 MB)
PDF Icon Appendix (1.92 MB)

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) directed USDA to study the extent to which school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) pay indirect costs to local education agencies (LEAs). It specifically requested an assessment of the methodologies used to establish indirect costs, the types and amounts of indirect costs that are charged and not charged to the school foodservice account, and the types and amounts of indirect costs recovered by LEAs.

To address the research questions, information was collected from four perspectives:

  1. the state education agency finance officer,
  2. the state child nutrition director,
  3. the LEA business manager, and
  4. the SFA director.
Page updated: January 26, 2023