February 13, 2014 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA has been monitoring data from USDA to understand national participation trends for lunch and breakfast programs.
National School Lunch ProgramInitial participation data for this school year indicates a continued decrease in the average number of students participating in the National School Lunch Program. As implementation of the new meal pattern requirements for this program begins its second year, 30.5 million students participated on an average day so far in the 2013-14 school year (September–November 2013). This is a 1.94% decrease when compared to the same time frame last school year (2012-13) and a 4.89% decrease when compared to the same time frame in school year 2011-12. While the average number of students receiving a free meal increased from the past two previous years, there were fewer students on average participating in the paid and reduced-price categories.
School Breakfast ProgramAverage participation in the School Breakfast Program indicates a continued increase in participation in this program even as new meal pattern requirements are implemented this school year. An average of 13.6 million students participated in the School Breakfast Program, so far, in the 2013-14 school year (September – November 2013). This is a 3.38% increase in the average number of students participating when compared to the same time frame last school year and a 6.19% increase when compared to the 2011-12 school year. Increases were driven by growth in the number of students receiving a free breakfast.
As updated data is made available from USDA, SNA will continue to track this participation information.
To view the Participation Charts, visit the SNA Resource Center or click here.
February 12, 2014 – National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) begins March 3rd. Will you recognize “Take Time for School Breakfast” in your cafeteria?
Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw to download all of the free celebration tools, like:
Don’t forget, you can purchase NSBW merchandise like t-shirts, balloons, aprons, buttons and more at http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org.
Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw today to get started planning your promotion!
February 12, 2014 – Interested in reading about the experiences and observations of other school nutrition operators? Be sure to check out The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, SNA’s peer-reviewed research journal published twice a year. The exclusively digital publication features research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs.
One of the articles from the Fall 2013 issue, “Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Middle School Students Following the Implementation of a School District Wellness Policy” by Kathleen D. Young, MS; Anastasia Snelling, PhD, RD; Maya Maroto, EdD, RD; and Katherine A. Young, MPH, details a study in which a large urban school district implemented a school wellness policy that required schools to increase health education and physical education contact hours for students and to improve the nutritional standards of school meals. The study measured the consumption patterns of fruits and vegetables of middle school students following this implementation.
To view this article, click here. To read the entire Fall 2013 issue, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm.
“Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Middle School Students Following the Implementation of a School District Wellness Policy”
The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
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