USDA has announced new nationwide waivers to grant states additional flexibility for meal service during COVID-19 school closures. These waivers...
Studies have shown that school meals contribute to the health, attentiveness, behavior and academic achievement of students. SNA believes all students should have equal access to nutritious school meals, and that is why we are excited to announce a new research initiative that will evaluate the potential social benefits and costs of expanding the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, to serve all students at no charge.
School meals not only ensures students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn, but it also plays an important role in supporting obesity prevention and improving children’s diets and health outcomes. Previous studies on universal meal proposals have focused on the price tag, without quantifying and comparing the many long-term benefits of increased student lunch and breakfast participation. To support SNA’s advocacy efforts with Congress and the Administration, SNA’s Board of Directors approved funding for an independent research firm specializing in regulatory advocacy and economic analysis to conduct a benefit-cost study of a universal school lunch and breakfast program. The firm chosen has significant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) experience and will provide a thorough, OMB-compliant economic analysis of the social benefits and costs of creating a universal meals program.
This research effort will focus on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. SNA will update on outcomes of the analysis.