What’s new: A new participation report by SNA provides insight on trends in school meal participation before, during and after the implementation of federal pandemic waivers that allowed schools to offer free meals to all students.
By the numbers: The data from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (USDA FNS) shows that average daily participation (ADP) and total meals served for lunch and breakfast were higher in SY2021-22.
- Lunch ADP increased 2.49% from SY2018-19 to SY2021-22, reaching 30.29 million students per day in SY2021-22.
- Breakfast, ADP increased 6.54% from SY2018-19 to reach 15.71 million students per day in SY2021-22.
- Since the end of the ability to offer free meals to all students without a free and reduced-meal application, monthly ADP for both lunch and breakfast dropped considerably.
Keep reading to learn more! To access the full report, click here.