Want to learn more about food programs for your child in school? The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs (NSLBP), managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), could help!
The NSLBP give healthy meals to children as a part of their school day. In this article, you’ll learn how NSLBP works, how to receive meals, where to find contact information, and more.
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs (NSLBP) partner with USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Agency to work in public schools, private schools, and childcare programs. States work with school food authorities to run the programs, which give healthy, low cost or no-cost lunches to kids each school day.
The NSLBP is in public or private grade school schools (K-12). Kids who participate in these programs will receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches daily during school, with some afterschool programs participating as well.
Kids are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals a few different ways:
View the current Income Eligibility Guidelines to see how your child could qualify.
Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, parents and guardians may apply for school meals for their children any time during the school year. For application information, contact your state agency.
You can learn more about food and nutrition benefits on our News page. Look through the Nutrition category to view related articles or filter through the Food and Nutrition category of benefits to view specific programs. Take the Benefit Finder to find more government programs you may be eligible for.