USDA Food and Nutrition Services released a forecast of studies, evaluations and projects it expects to pursue in Fiscal Year 2022. School Nutrition Program projects include: 

  • Evaluation Support for Healthy School Meal Practices
    This effort would provide evaluation support to test different activities that support serving healthy meals and improving the school nutrition environment.
  • School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS)- 2
    The overall purpose of this comprehensive study is to examine the nutritional content and quality of the meals offered and purchased at school, plate waste, the school nutrition environment, school food service operations, cost to produce school meals, as well as student participation, characteristics, satisfaction and attitudes towards the school lunch and breakfast programs.
  • Measuring the Full Benefit of a School Meal
    This would attempt to quantify the opportunity costs of participating/not participating in school meals, including any impacts to families participating in schools with universal free meals (meals at no cost to the student). Differential impacts by family income, race/ethnicity and geographical location will be examined.
  • Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program: Report to Congress
    This project will generate the required annual report to Congress on the effectiveness of State and local efforts to certify Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participant children for free school meals without the need for household applications.
  • Evaluation of Direct Certification for School Meals with Medicaid
    This project will provide evaluation support for SY2022-23 planned expansion of direct certification with Medicaid (DC-M) demonstrations.

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