Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-34-6) 2 pp

July 2003

Food Assistance Research Brief-Do Healthy School Meals Cost More?

With child obesity soaring and the juvenile incidence of diabetes and hypertension also on the rise in the United States, there is strong policy interest in the potential of USDA school meals to promote healthy diets and weights. It has been argued, however, that improving the nutritional quality of school meals will raise costs. This report examines whether improving the nutritional quality of meals served by the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program increases program costs.

Keywords: National School Lunch Program, NSLP, School Breakfast Program, SBP, welfare, anti-poverty programs, food assistance programs, nutrition, dietary and health effects, poor families

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