Managing Agency Illinois

Program Description

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are voluntary programs administered by the Illinois State Board of Education in the state of Illinois. NSLP and SBP are available to all public schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions which agree to operate a non-profit program offering lunches meeting Federal requirements to all children in attendance.

General Program Requirements

All students may purchase lunches; some households may qualify for free or reduced priced meals. In order to qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits,you must be a resident of IL. Please contact the school in which your children are enrolled and request a household eligibility application.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,459
2 $30,451
3 $38,443
4 $46,435
5 $54,427
6 $62,419
7 $70,411
8 $78,403

*For households with more than eight people, add $7,992 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child's school. A listing of your state's schools can be found here:

Program Contact Information

For more information on the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs operating in Illinois, please visit the School Nutrition Programs page.

Or send an email to:

Phone calls can be made to the Nutrition Programs Division of the Illinois State Board of Education at 1-800-545-7892 (in Illinois) or 217-782-2491.

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