Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-34-7) 3 pp

July 2003

Food Assistance Research Brief-Competitive Foods: Soft Drinks vs. Milk

"Competitive foods"-those available in schools in addition to USDA-provided school meals-have lower nutritional quality than school meals. This report reviews current information on the impact of competitive foods in school meal programs and presents a case study on competition between milk and soft drinks.

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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