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National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

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The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to students each day. Specific meal patterns and nutrition standards are required in the NSLP.

Learn more about how to apply, including:

  • Instructions

  • Deadlines

Learn more about how to submit a reimbursement claim, including:

  • Instructions
  • Upload Instructions

  • Reimbursement Rates
  • Deadlines

Learn more about program requirements, including:

  • School Meal Eligibility
  • Menu Planning & Meal Patterns
  • Procurement
  • Civil Rights

  • Financial Management
  • Professional Standards
  • School Wellness Policy
  • Food Safety

Learn more about the outreach toolkit, including: 

  • How to promote and market school lunches and the free and reduced-price applications at your sites.  

Frequently Requested:

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