Original publisher: [Washington, D.C.]: Economic Research Service,  OCLC Number: (OCoLC)62804199 Subject: National school lunch program -- Evaluation. Excerpt: ... subsidy is slightly lower for meals served to children certified for reduced-price meals - those living in families whose incomes are between 131 and 185 percent of the guidelines. Finally, a small subsidy is provided for meals served to all other children - those who pay q full price q for their meals. The NSLP is administered by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service ( FNS ) through its regional offices. The national FNS office also provides technical assistance to State agencies. State agencies administer fiscal elements of the program, provide technical assistance to local school food authorities ( SFAs ), and monitor their performance. The SFAs administer the program locally, typically at the district level. In addition to ensuring that program meals meet nutritional requirements, SFAs are responsible for processing applications, conducting verifications, counting meals served for purposes of claiming reimbursement, and maintaining records. Like all programs that use means tests to direct government benefits to low-income households, the NSLP must balance several competing objectives: ( 1 ) targeting, or providing free or reduced-price meals to intended recipients while not providing them to children who do not qualify; ( 2 ) administrative efficiency, or holding down the costs of gathering and processing data to administer the program; and ( 3 ) access, or ensuring ease of access for intended recipients. Meeting the first objective by better targeting of benefits to only the intended recipients may compromise the other two objectives by raising administrative costs and creating barriers to access among intended recipients. On the other hand, efforts to promote access to the program among intended recipients may also lead to greater access among those not eligible for program benefits. Va...Like all programs that use means tests to direct government benefits to low-income households, the NSLP must balance several competing objectives: ( 1 ) targeting, or providing free or reduced-price meals to intended recipients while not ...
|Title||:||Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program|
|Publisher||:||Books LLC - 2011-09|