Date

1-4-2017 12:00 AM

Major

Nutritional Science and Global Resource Systems

Department

Global Resource Systems

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Project Advisor

Gail Nonnecke

Project Advisor's Department

Horticulture

Description

Most countries have school feeding programs providing food for children. These programs are important in developing and developed nations. In developing nations school feeding programs aim to enhance learning and attention span by reducing short-term hunger. In developed nations school feeding programs try to provide a nutritiously adequate meal at a low cost. A comparative analysis of four school feeding programs was conducted: the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in the U.S., the Center for InterAmerican Studies (CEDEI) menu program in Cuenca, Ecuador, a “bar” feeding program in Cuenca public schools, and a program at Namasagali Primary School (NPS) in Uganda. This project will determine best practices for school feeding to benefit child health in different socio-economic and cultural locations. Data was collected for school feeding programs and food served through observation and online resources. The food was analyzed using the online databases MyDietAnalysis and SuperTracker for calories, macronutrients, sodium, sugar, fat, and fiber. Cultural reasons such as meal structure or the prevalence of health issues in certain countries affected the quality and quantity of the school meals. Each program could work to make their meals more suitable to solve the health problems of their respective regions.

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Apr 1st, 12:00 AM

School Feeding: A Comparison between the United States, Ecuador, and Uganda

Most countries have school feeding programs providing food for children. These programs are important in developing and developed nations. In developing nations school feeding programs aim to enhance learning and attention span by reducing short-term hunger. In developed nations school feeding programs try to provide a nutritiously adequate meal at a low cost. A comparative analysis of four school feeding programs was conducted: the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in the U.S., the Center for InterAmerican Studies (CEDEI) menu program in Cuenca, Ecuador, a “bar” feeding program in Cuenca public schools, and a program at Namasagali Primary School (NPS) in Uganda. This project will determine best practices for school feeding to benefit child health in different socio-economic and cultural locations. Data was collected for school feeding programs and food served through observation and online resources. The food was analyzed using the online databases MyDietAnalysis and SuperTracker for calories, macronutrients, sodium, sugar, fat, and fiber. Cultural reasons such as meal structure or the prevalence of health issues in certain countries affected the quality and quantity of the school meals. Each program could work to make their meals more suitable to solve the health problems of their respective regions.