Wellness policies have been mandatory in school nutrition programs since fall of 2006. This legislation requires schools to decrease less nutritious "competitive foods" offered on à la carte menus. This article investigated the impact of implementing state nutrition standards on à la carte revenues of school nutrition programs in a northeastern state. Results suggest that offering single-serving sizes and whole grain foods are associated with higher revenues. However, given the limited time series data, it is premature to verify the impact of nutrition standards on à la carte revenue. This paper recommends that schools improve the consistency and accuracy of financial reports.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Food Science