National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a Federal entitlement program open to public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Lunch is available to all children at participating schools, and the meals must meet specific nutritional requirements to receive Federal funds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to meet the needs of children who arrive at school hungry. Children seldom make up nutrients missed at breakfast at other meals. In 2007 the General Assembly enacted legislation that requires schools that have 15 percent or more of their enrollment eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits to offer the breakfast program.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Indiana and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
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 additional information, please visit the Indiana School Nutrition programs website:http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/nutrition
If you have questions concerning the program you can call the Indiana Division of School and Community Nutrition Programs toll-free at:1-800-537-1142