Economic Research Report No. (ERR-260) 45 pp

November 2018

USDA School Meal Programs: How and Why the Cost of Food Purchases Varies Across Locales

This report examines how school meal costs vary by volume of purchases and the characteristics of school food authorities (SFA) such as location and purchasing practices.

Keywords: National School Lunch Program, NSLP, School Breakfast Program, SBP, school food purchase costs, school meal costs, school purchasing practices, School Food Authorities, SFA, SFA characteristics, SFA locations, low-income children

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