SNA Continues to Monitor NSLP and SBP Participation Changes

2013-05-23

May 23, 2013 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA is continuing to track national participation levels for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Using data from USDA, SNA is specifically interested in comparing the participation rates for the 2012-13 school year with those from the 2011-12 school year. SNA will provide periodic updates on participation trends as the Association continues to monitor the data.

PARTICIPATION TRENDS:

National School Lunch Program

  • Based on participation data for September through February, the average number of students participating in the National School Lunch Program for SY 2012-13 has decreased 3.3%, compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). The biggest decreases are seen in the paid meal category, with a 10.0% decrease, and the reduced-price category, with a 5.3% decrease. Average participation in the free category has increased 0.76%.

To view the National School Lunch Participation Tracking Charts, click here and here.

School Breakfast Program

  • Based on participation data for September through January, 13.15 million students are participating in the School Breakfast Program for SY 2012-13. This is an increase of 2.6% compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). These increases are due to an increase in participation from students in the free meal category where 3.8% more students are participating. Average participation in the paid and reduced-price categories has decreased.

To view the School Breakfast Program Participation Tracking Charts, click here and here.

For more information about this information, please email research@schoolnutrition.org.

Source: Program Information Report. Program Reports, Analysis and Monitoring Branch, Budget Division, Financial Management, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012).
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/data.htm

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