publication . Article . 2012

The Food Costs of Healthier School Lunches

Constance Newman;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, volume 41, pages 12-28 (issn: 1068-2805, eissn: 2372-2614, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Abstract
<jats:p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed and adopted a new set of meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch Program that will allow schools to claim 6 cents more in lunch reimbursement rates. This study analyzes the food costs of school menus in 2005 that met many of the proposed requirements. Overall, schools that served more, and more diverse, non-starchy vegetables had higher average food costs, and schools that served menus with lower calories had lower food costs. The food costs of school lunch menus that met the combined standards for dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, other vegetables, lowfat/fat-free milk, and fruit averag...
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Medical Subject Headings: digestive, oral, and skin physiologyeducationhealth care economics and organizations
free text keywords: Agronomy and Crop Science, Economics and Econometrics, National School Lunch Program (NSLP), food assistance, nutrition, school food service, NSLP costs, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Food Security and Poverty,, Meal, Marketing, Economics, Food choice, Food assistance, Agriculture, business.industry, business, Calorie, Meal pattern, Agricultural economics, Reimbursement rates
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