The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS)

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the school meal programs—the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP)—to ensure that school-age children have access to nutritious meals and snacks to support their growth and development.

In school year (SY) 2012–2013, the school meal programs began to undergo widespread changes, including new requirements that affect the food and nutrient content of school meals; the types of foods students need to select in order for their meal to be eligible for Federal reimbursement; pricing for full-price meals; and the types of foods and beverages that can be sold in schools during the school day (“competitive foods”).

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