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Fresh Visualizations Bring Child Nutrition Data to Life

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service recently launched an online dashboard that shares data from USDA’s child nutrition programs through visual tools. This data can be harnessed by federal, state, and local organizations to assess trends in child nutrition program activity and better inform meal service for our nation’s children.

Program data is available for the:  

  • National School Lunch Program
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Summer Food Service Program

And the dashboard provides national and state-level visualizations of:  

  • Meals served
  • Participation
  • Funding data  

Here’s a visualization of participation in the National School Lunch Program (national level) across more than 20 years:

screenshot of the dashboard showing school lunch participation from 2000-2023
Note: Users can view state data back to 2018 and national numbers as far back as 1999.

Take a fresh look at the Child Nutrition Dashboard to see what’s happening in USDA’s child nutrition programs!

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Page updated: April 22, 2024