K-12 Census: Making the effort
Learning to cope
When it comes to menu requirements, school operators say that meeting sodium reduction requirements has been the biggest hurdle, followed by meeting the Smart Snacks rule. Even so, few are exiting or considering bailing out of the National School Lunch Program.
How challenging are each of the following aspects of the meal pattern regulations under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act?
|Extremely or very challenging||Somewhat challenging||Not very or not at all challenging|
|Meeting 100% whole-grain requirements||30%||40%||30%|
|Meeting sodium reduction requirements||58%||36%||5%|
|Meeting competitive food regulations, aka Smart Snacks||48%||38%||14%|
Respondents were asked to rate on a point scale where 6 is extremely challenging and 1 is not at all challenging at all.
What percentage of your students qualify for free or reduced-price meals?
|District Size (students)||Average percentage off free/reduced-price students|
|Less than 2,000||52%|
|2,000 to 4,999||47%|
|5,000 to 9,999||38%|
|10,000 to 69,999||52%|
|70,000 or more||58%|
Are any of the schools in your district on the Community Eligibility Provision?
This provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act allows schools with high poverty rates to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students.
8% Not familiar with CEP.