Summary of a Report:

The National School Lunch Program, Is It Working?

PAD-77-7: Published: Jul 26, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1977.

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There are shortcomings in both the evaluation and the performance of the School Lunch Program.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: The Secretary of Agriculture should require a formal, systematic evaluation of the National School Lunch Program's performance in meeting legislative objectives and should determine the nutritional standards needed for the program. Congress should: require the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) to assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in evaluating the school lunch program's health impact on children; review the USDA program evaluation plan before implementation to make certain that it will provide adequate information for program oversight, that it uses the resources and expertise of USDA and HEW in a manner that benefits the evaluation, and that it is in keeping with the respective missions of each agency; require the Secretary of Agriculture, on completion of the school lunch program evaluation, to provide a comprehensive report of his findings, together with any recommendations he may have with respect to improving program effectiveness; and provide policy guidance indicating specifically what the goals of the program should be and what the priorities are, and have the program evaluated accordingly.


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