The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) 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.
NSLP also offers the Afterschool Snack Program
that provides cash reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to children in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well being of children and youth in our communities.
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides cash assistance to States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare instititutions.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program(FFVP) provides fresh fruits and vegetables to students in partcipating elementary schools during the school day. FFVP can be an important catalyst for change in our efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits and has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.
The Farm to School Program helps bring more locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias. Procuring locally sourced, minimally processed main meal items so that the entire school meal is representative of regional option along with procurement activities, food, agriculture and nutrition-based educational efforts are also included in the concept of farm to school.
Schools participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program are eligible to apply for the Seamless Summer Option. Seamless Summer Option has less paperwork, making it easier for schools to feed children during the traditional summer vacation periods and for year round schools and long school vacation periods.
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, child care institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal services programs. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.
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Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs
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