School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study: Study Design, Sampling, and Data Collection

School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study: Study Design, Sampling, and Data Collection

Published: Apr 23, 2019
Publisher: Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support
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The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS)

Time frame: 2013-2019

Prepared for:

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

Clients
USDA
Authors

Nicholas Beyler

Elizabeth Gearan

Katherine Niland

Liana Washburn

Barbara Carlson

David Judkins

Lindsey LeClair

Michele Mendelson

Tara Wommack

Justin Carnagey

Maureen Murphy

Andre Williamson

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

In school year 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. The School Nutrition Meal Cost Study (SNMCS) is the first nationally representative, comprehensive assessment of these programs since these reforms were implemented.

This methodology report describes the design of the SNMCS, as well as sampling, recruitment, data collection, and data processing procedures.

Data Collection Instruments. This document includes all of the data collection instruments used for SNMCS. 

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