[[abstract]]School lunch program has been widely adopted in Taiwan since 1957. However, there is a void of research regarding students’ preference or satisfaction toward the program. Hence, there is a desperate need for researchers to investigate how students like their school lunch program. The primary purposes of this research are to (a) investigate students’ eating frequency of various food and dishes, (b) to explore students’ food and dish preferences, (c) examine the relationships among students’ food eating frequency, food preference, and dining satisfaction. The sampling frame of this research was students of SanShia Junior High School. 1232 questionnaires were handed out, 1232 questionnaires were returned. Of the 1232 questionnaires returned, 1185 were appropriate for analysis, resulting in a valid return rate of 95.2%. Statistical techniques including descriptive statistics, factor analysis, Cronbach’s alpha, Correlation analysis, ANOVA, and regression analysis were used to analyze the data and test the hypotheses. The results of this research showed that food eating frequency, food preference, and satisfaction of school lunch program were significantly related. Interestingly enough, age, amount of allowance, and time spent on watching TV were also found to be significantly related to food preference. The findings of this research can provide useful insight to school lunch program management.
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