Meal Planning Reports and Studies

School Food Purchase Study III

USDA. FNS. Office of Research and Analysis.

This is the third study that provides national estimates of the type, quantity, dollar value and unit price of food acquisitions by public school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The study examines the overall changes in the composition of the entire school food market basket including foods purchases for a la carte sales and the relative importance of donated USDA Foods. It also provides insight into the relationship between district characteristics, purchasing practices, and food costs.


School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

USDA. FNS. Office of Research and Analysis.

Study examining the nutrient content of the average meals offered and served in the Nation’s schools compared with regulatory standards in effect at the time, as well as selected recommendations included in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


When Nudging in the Lunch Line Might Be a Good Thing

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Students make different choices regarding school lunch choices based off of several factors, such as the power of suggestion or being given a debit card instead of cash.