Why is it important for schools to participate?

You represent your school and other schools like yours. Study findings will be used to recommend improvements to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and it is important that those recommendations account for all schools’ experiences.

What does school participation entail?

  • Encourage samples households to participant in this important study.
  • Participate in an onsite Data Collection visit during the spring of 2023-2024 SY, where Field Data Collectors will:
    • Conduct breakfast and/or lunch meal observations; and
    • Gather school meal claim data for a specific target month in the 2023-2024 SY

Will all data collected be kept secure and private?

All information gathered is for research purposes only and is kept private. All responses will be grouped with those of other participants, and no schools or individuals will be identified in public documents or data files.

Participation in APEC IV will not affect meal reimbursements to participating districts and schools, nor will it affect the meal program benefits received by participating student households.