USDA Food and Nutrition Service has released a request for information in the Federal Register. Comments are invited for their School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study on or before December 2, 2013. The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study comes at a time of unprecedented change for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The new requirements are intended to better align USDA meals and snacks with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to improve participating students' food and nutrient intake. Complying with the new requirements might affect the costs of producing school lunches and breakfasts. Conducting this study at this historic juncture will provide FNS with crucial information about the effects of the new meal standards on nutritional quality and the cost of school meals. No national study has concurrently examined the cost of producing school meals, the nutritional profile of school meals and the amount of plate waste in school meals.For more details and instructions for submitting information, click here.
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