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School Meal Programs: Implications of Adjusting Income Eligibility Thresholds and Reimbursement Rates by Geographic Differences
GAO-14-557: Published: Jul 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2014.
There are a number of measures by which income thresholds for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meal programs could be adjusted to account for geographic differences in the cost of living; doing so would likely lead to shifts in eligibility and program costs. For example, the Supplemental Poverty Measure or Regional Price Parities could be used to adjust for geographic price differe...
School Lunch: Implementing Nutrition Changes Was Challenging and Clarification of Oversight Requirements Is Needed
GAO-14-104: Published: Jan 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014.
Nationwide, student participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.2 million students (or 3.7 percent) from school year 2010-2011 through school year 2012-2013, after having increased steadily for many years. This decrease was driven primarily by a decline of 1.6 million students eating school lunch who pay full price for meals, despite increases in students eating school lunch w...
International School Feeding: USDA's Oversight of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program Needs Improvement
GAO-11-544: Published: May 19, 2011. Publicly Released: May 19, 2011.
The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (MGD Program) provides donations of U.S. agricultural products and financial and technical assistance for school feeding programs in the developing world. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with about $200 million in funding in fiscal year 2010, the MGD Program served about 5 million beneficiaries i...
School Meal Programs: Experiences of the States and Districts That Eliminated Reduced-price Fees
GAO-09-584: Published: Jul 17, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2009.
In fiscal year 2008, about 31 million children participated in the National School Lunch Program and more than 10 million children participated in the School Breakfast Program each school day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) spent $11.7 billion on the school meal programs in that year. The majority of school meals are provided for free or at a reduced p...
Foreign Assistance: Global Food for Education Initiative Faces Challenges for Successful Implementation
GAO-02-328: Published: Feb 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
At the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in July 2000, President Clinton proposed a Global Food for Education Initiative (GFEI) whereby developed countries would provide school breakfasts or lunches to needy children in poor countries. The aim of the initiative is to use school meals to attract children to school, keep them attending once they enroll, and improve learning. The presid...
Federal Grants to New Jersey
AIMD-96-8R: Published: Nov 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the number and amount of federal grants awarded to New Jersey entities in fiscal year (FY) 1994. GAO noted that: (1) New Jersey state and local government federal grants totalled about $6.2 billion in FY 1994; and (2) for FY 1993, New Jersey state and local governments and nongovernmental units received about $6.3 billion in grants f...
Food Assistance: Schools That Left the National School Lunch Program
RCED-94-36BR: Published: Dec 3, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), focusing on the: (1) number of schools that withdrew from the program; (2) characteristics of the schools that withdrew from NSLP; (3) reasons why schools withdrew from NSLP; and (4) lunch services offered at the schools after they withdrew from NSLP.GAO found that: (1) only a few schools withdrew from NSLP...
Food Assistance: Information on Meal Costs in the National School Lunch Program
RCED-94-32BR: Published: Dec 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the costs of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), focusing on the: (1) Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) study on the cost of meals; (2) ability of school food authorities to produce meals at or below the reimbursement rate for free meals; (3) differences in meal production costs among regions; and (4) appropriateness of the index FNS uses to...
Self-Sufficiency: Opportunities and Disincentives on the Road to Economic Independence
HRD-93-23: Published: Aug 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1993.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO examined how housing and social service policies affect beneficiaries receiving public assistance when they gain employment and experience an increase in income.GAO found that: (1) the amount of income required to become economically independent varies greatly across programs and states; (2) only a small proportion of families with incomes below the pover...
More Can Be Done To Improve the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Donation Program
CED-81-83: Published: Jul 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1981.
In fiscal year 1980, state and local programs to feed students, the elderly, needy families, and others received over $900 million worth of food through the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commodity donation program. About 90 percent of the donated food was for the school lunch program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Two other USDA agencies provide the commodities.USDA has...