Summer 2018



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Letitia Basford

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Lea Dahl

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Joseph Millard


Currently, there is no law that requires Minnesota public schools serve meals during the school day. For some students, particularly those who qualify for free or reduced meals, attending a school that does not offer food service risks negatively impacting both their health and learning. This study surveyed 127 participants to find out what legislators, educators, and community members know about Minnesota’s laws related to school meals and what those respondents believe regarding whether legislation should be created to ensure public schools serve meals to students. Survey results found that many Minnesotans were not aware of the current school lunch laws and 91% of respondents were in support of enacting legislation that would ensure students in need were fed during the school day.

Research Methodology

Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)


Social Justice, School Nutrition Services, Free/Reduced Lunches, Legislation

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