The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several child nutrition programs. One of the most well-known of these is the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), administered through state agencies for reimbursing schools that provide healthy meals to children. In order to qualify as a federally reimbursable school lunch, meals must meet specific guidelines:
Thus, the NSLP provides nutritious meals with a variety of options to the children at school. It is a convenient method of providing healthy and nutritionally balanced lunch. Finally, for many children who may not have access to nutritional meals, the school lunch program not only provides these healthy meal options but also enhances children’s learning abilities by contributing to their physical and mental well-being.
Bidisha Mandal, Washington State University School of Economic Sciences
California Department of Education - National School Lunch program
Fuel Up to Play 60 - Nutrition Education Resources
USDA Food and Nutrition Service - National School Lunch Program