Participation: What’s really going on?

tabard-innWhether your participation is up or down, there has to be a reason. So what’s behind the sales slump among students who don’t qualify for free or reduced-priced meals? Some school nutrition professionals say it’s a clear case of cause and effect: paying kids don’t like the new menus, so they’re not buying. But a recent report from the Food Resource and Action Center describes a much more complex set of circumstances. So does the experience of one well-to-do Kansas high school, where competitive foods are losing ground to the more balanced, reimbursable “deal meal.” This episode brought to you by Tabard Inn.