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National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: History and Data
Overview of the federal child nutrition programs including links to program statistics and legislation.

School Meals Proven a Healthy Choice
Myths and facts about school lunch – including research on the value of school lunches.

USDA Commodities and Healthy School Lunches
Myths and facts about the US Department of Agriculture food distribution program and the commodity foods provided to schools.

Research School Nutrition by Topic
Recent research on a wide variety of school nutrition topics.

SNA Local Wellness Policy Webpage
Find tools and resources on local school wellness policies, including SNA guidelines for developing a policy and policies passed by districts nationwide.

How Long Does it Take Students to Eat Lunch?
Article from the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management showing that children need between 20 and 30 minutes to eat lunch at school.

Do Food Rewards Make Kids Overweight?
Research brief on the food environment in schools and cumulative effect of snack fundraisers, classroom parties and teacher food rewards.

Farm to School Programs
Farm to school programs consist of a wide variety of programs that include school gardens, nutrition education, and the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown farm products for use in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

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