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National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Last Published: 09/09/2015

Children eating school lunches

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.


Professional Standards

2015 Professional Standards:

Final Rule & Training Grants

First Lady on Healthy School Meals

First Lady on Healthy School Meals

Certification of Compliance

Certification of Compliance:

6 Cents Rule

Nutrition Standards in School Meals