August 28, 2013 – Several recent media reports on schools electing to drop out of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have cited data from School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 2013 Back to School Trends Survey.
This survey was distributed online in June/July 2013 and netted 521 responses from SNA member school nutrition directors, who oversee multiple school cafeterias throughout their school district. The survey included the question, “Does your school nutrition program plan on dropping any schools in your district from NSLP for the 2013/14 school year.”
The vast majority of respondents (92.7%) reported that they do not plan, nor are considering, dropping any schools from NSLP, clearly indicating that there is no national trend of schools dropping out of NSLP. Only 1% of respondents reported that they plan on having a school drop NSLP and only 3.3% reported that they are considering having a school drop NSLP. The survey did not ask participants to quantify the number of schools in their district planning/considering dropping NSLP.
School Nutrition Association periodically surveys members, school nutrition professionals from all 50 states, regarding the latest trends in school cafeterias. The 2013 survey is the first SNA Back to School Trends Survey to include this question.
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