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National School Lunch Program

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. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

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Program History

Program Eligibility

Reauthorization 2010

Reauthorization 2004

Farm to School
  Interested in incorporating local foods into the school meal program? Visit our farm to school resources.


Last modified: 02/22/2013

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