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.
- Program Fact Sheet [English] [Spanish]
- Program History
- Final Rule: Child Nutrition Program Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements
- Interim Final Rule: Child Nutrition Program Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements
- 2018 National School Lunch Week: Thank you!
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