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Eating at School: How the National School Lunch Program Affects Children's Diets

Philip M. Gleason and Carol W. Suitor
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 85, No. 4 (Nov., 2003), pp. 1047-1061
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1244783
Page Count: 15
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Eating at School: How the National School Lunch Program Affects Children's Diets
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Abstract

This article examines the impact of participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) on children's dietary intake at lunchtime and over 24 hours. Using a fixed effects model to control for selection bias, we find that NSLP participation leads to increased 24-hour intake of six vitamins and minerals--calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B12, and riboflavin--as well as dietary fiber. Participation also leads to a trade-off between children's intake of dietary fat and added sugars whereby participants have higher intakes of dietary fat than nonparticipants but lower intakes of added sugars.

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