SNA Monitors NSLP and SBP Participation Changes

2013-04-23

April 23, 2013 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA is tracking fluctuations in participation levels for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program in order to understand national participation trends. 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 December, the average number of students participating in the National School Lunch Program for SY 2012-13 has decreased 3.07%, compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). The biggest decreases are seen in the paid meal category, with a 9.39% decrease, and the reduced-price category, with a 4.12% decrease. Average participation in the free category has remained similar and increased slightly.
  • The average number of students participating per day was higher in November and December than in September and October.
  • So far, the average student participation tended to be lowest for the month of October (e.g., lowest participation for all categories except reduced-price). Additionally, October 2012 had the biggest decreases in participation when compared to October 2011 across each category (paid, free and reduced-price).

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

School Breakfast Program

  • Based on participation data for September through December, the average number of students participating in the School Breakfast Program for SY 2012-13 has increased 1.97%, compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). However, there are decreases in average student participation in the paid category (-1.41%) and reduced-price category (-0.6%).

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

SNA is also collecting information from school nutrition programs related to the operational impacts of the changes occurring in school nutrition program in its trendSETS newsletter.

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

SNA Monitors NSLP and SBP Participation Changes

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