Evaluation of the Community Eligibility Provision in low-income elementary schools
Methods: The evaluation was conducted in six suburban Chicago public elementary schools that adopted the CEP beginning school year (SY) 2012-2013. Monthly meal count data for SY 2011-2012 (pre-CEP) and SY 2012-2013 (post-CEP) were collected to calculate students' participation rates in school meal programs. In SY 2012-2013, 1,160 student lunch trays were collected during 24 lunch sessions (four sessions per school) to estimate student food consumption using a plate wast method.
Results:After CEP implementation, school breakfast program participation rate increased 28% (95% CI=23, 34) from 39% at pre-CEP to 67% at post-CEP. NSLP participation rate increased 7% (95% CI=5, 9) from 77% to 84%. Students were estimated to consume 35% of fruits, 18% of vegetables, and 46% of milk offered through NSLP.
Conclusions and Implications:Although a national rollout of the CEP in SY 2014-2015 is expected to increase students’ participation in school meal programs, the low consumption of healthy menu could continue to be a concern.
Learning Areas:Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe the Community Eligibility Provision policy Evaluate the impact of the Community Eligibility Provision on student participation in school meal programs
Keyword(s): Nutrition, School-Based Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a PhD in Epidemiology. I have been the principal investigator of NIH grants focusing on healthy eating and active living among youth. My scientific interest is childhood obesity prevention.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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