National School Lunch Program Reports and Studies

The National School Lunch Program: Background, Trends, and Issues

USDA. Economic Research Service.

A full description of all of the different aspects of the National School Lunch Program and the issues facing schools and school food service today.


Commodity Foods and the Nutritional Quality of the National School Lunch Program: Historical Role, Current Operations, and Future Potential (PDF | 684 KB)

Food Research and Action Center.

The purpose of this report is to examine the school lunch commodity program and how it operates; sort myths about the program from facts; and highlight barriers to improvement in the nutrition profiles of the commodity-derived foods that are offered to children in the school nutrition programs.


Profiles of Participants in the National School Lunch Program: Data From Two National Surveys

USDA. Economic Research Service.

A report using information from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the 2001 Panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). This report looks at characteristics of National School Lunch Program participants.


Middle School Student Lunch Consumption: Impact of National School Lunch Program and Competitive

USDA. Economic Research Service

Article reports the findings of an study comparing the lunches of students participating in the NSLP and those who do not and evaluates the difference in nutrient content.


National School Lunch Program Briefing Room

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Offers on recent research developments, readings and data, questions and answers, and a collection of other ERS products and services addressing the issue.