Economic Research Report No. (ERR-196) 51 pp

November 2015

Economies of Scale, the Lunch-Breakfast Ratio, and the Cost of USDA School Breakfasts and Lunches

This study builds on previous ERS research by examining school breakfast and lunch costs separately to assess how economies of scale and the balance between the number of breakfasts and lunches served affect the costs to schools of providing the meals.

Keywords: National School Lunch Program, NSLP, School Breakfast Program, school meals, school food service costs per meal

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