The Special Nutrition Program Operations Study (SN-OPS) is a multiyear study designed to provide the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) with a snapshot of current state and School Food Authority (SFA) policies and practices and a baseline for observing the improvements resulting from the implementation of the HHFKA. The SN-OPS base-year activities involved collecting data via surveys from all state CN directors and a stratified sample of SFA directors, which was weighted to represent the population of SFAs. The study provides FNS with key information about the characteristics, ongoing efficiency, and effectiveness of the school meals programs so FNS has a better understanding of what is happening at the state and local levels and then can address program policy needs, develop informed regulations and guidance, and provide needed technical assistance.

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Publication Date: 14-Mar
Published By: Unites States Department of Agriculture