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USDA Grant to Finance Three-year Study of SFUSD's Ambitious School Meal Upgrade Program

University of California researchers will look into Future Dining Experience project's impact, results and cost.

The University of California (UC) Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources Nutrition Policy Institute and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health have received a nearly $2 million grant from the USDA to conduct a three year study of the Future Dining Experience (FDE) initiative in the San Francisco USD, reports FDE is a comprehensive, long-range program to overhaul the approach taken by the district to market and deliver school meals and includes such components as preordering of lunch through a mobile app, expanded outlets and renovated cafeterias.

The UC study will examine its impact on the number of students choosing school lunch, its effect on plate waste and fruit/vegetables consumption, child obesity and impact on school meal program finances. The grant is sponsored by the USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA).

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