Originally Posted by Cardinal
1.) Underlined. Still speaking to the opinion of the administrators.
Nationwide, participation in the school-lunch program fell by 1.2 million students, or 3.7%, from the 2010-2011 school year through the 2012-2013 year after having steadily increased for many years, according to a Feb. 27 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. State and local officials reported the drop was due in part to the new standards.
The study released Monday shows that schools in which two-thirds or more of students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch had higher participation and left less food on their plates than schools with fewer students qualified for the meals. In addition, administrators at rural schools reported more student complaints and wasted food, as well as participation drops, as compared with urban or suburban schools, according to the report.
2.) As I have already stated. Kids usually give up complaining when they know it isn't going to do any good. And they had sufficient passage of time for them to stop.
Combined with those who drop from the program, there is your administrators perceived drop in complaints.
3.) Leaving less food on their plates is not an indication of less food being thrown away. It doesn't address that or what the student took for you even to make such a claim, though it does address rural schools as having both more complaints and more waste.