Program DescriptionThe National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the oldest and largest of the Child Nutrition Programs, celebrating 65 years in 2011. It is a federally assisted meal program that provides balanced, low-cost or free lunches to thousands of children in Colorado each day.
Since 1946, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has made it possible for schools to serve appealing lunches designed to meet the needs of children. Specific "meal patterns" are required in the NSLP.
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides a nutritious morning meal. This program is recognized as one of the most beneficial of the Federal nutrition programs. It meets a vital need of feeding thousands of children in Colorado, who otherwise may not eat a nutritious breakfast. Participation in the program has been shown to improve learning and test performance. Specific "meal patterns" are required in the SBP, and schools that participate in the SBP receive funding assistance similar to the National School Lunch Program.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Colorado and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).
Income eligibility guidelines can be found at:
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo file a new claim online, please visit:
Or contact your local school district for more information on how to apply for benefits.
Program Contact Information
To learn more about Child Nutrition Programs in Colorado, please visit: http://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutriprograms