National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program created to offer healthy, balanced meals to students. Participating school districts receive reimbursement and donated food items from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for every qualifying meal served. Eligible families may qualify for a free or reduced meal rate.
What is included in a qualifying lunch?
A qualifying lunch includes the following items. Students who are eligible for Free/Reduced price meals must have all components for a qualifying meal in order for the meal to be provided at a reduced price or at no charge.
A qualifying lunch includes:
- Meat or Meat Alternative
- Grains / Bread
- Fat-Free or 1% Milk
Students must take 3-5 of the components or servings listed above and must include at least ½ cup fruit or vegetable to qualify as a Meal Deal.
Qualifying Meal vs. A La Carte
If your student purchases a qualifying meal he/she will only be charged the meal price set by the District. Students who select additional items or a meal that does not contain the components necessary to qualify as a meal will be charged "a la carte" or per item.
School Breakfast Program
If your school offers breakfast and you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you also qualify for free or reduced breakfast. Breakfast is a great opportunity to refuel and start the day. Students who eat breakfast score higher on exams, display more creativity, are sick less often and perform better in sports!