This background paper describes important characteristics of the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, reviews U.S. Department of Agriculture rules regarding the nutritional content of school meals, and examines compliance with current nutrition standards. It also considers the dietary status and obesity risk of meal program participants, discusses proposed improvements to nutritional standards and meal requirements, and highlights key legislative issues.
Salinsky, Eileen, "No Free Lunch? Current Challenges Facing the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs" (2009). National Health Policy Forum. Paper 234.