Examining the mis-implementation of National School Lunch Program standards

Project Dates: 2020-2021

The National School Lunch/Breakfast pro-gram (NSLP/NSB) is an evidence-based intervention to im-prove the nutritional quality of foods served to children and ultimately prevent childhood obesity. Despite evidence of effectiveness, the Trump administration, ordered flexibilities to sodium, wheat, and milk requirements, weakening the standards. This study will use a mixed methods approach to examine the impact of the mis-implementation of NSLP/NSB on the many levels involved.

Project Goals:

Determine how external (school food industry) and internal (food service directors) agents affect the mis-implementation of flexibilities.

Assess how NSLP/SBP student participation and student milk consumption result from mis-implementation of flexibilities.

Project Contact: Sarah Moreland-Russell, PhD