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School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

What are School Lunch and Breakfast Programs?

School lunch and school breakfast programs provide nutritionally balanced food to children included in their usual school day. More than 95,000 schools provide low-cost or free lunches and over 78,000 schools provide low-cost or free breakfasts. Certain schools provide snacks to children in after school programs. The food provided by every school should meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA's nutrition guidelines.

Who is eligible for this program?

Children attending school (high school and under) will become eligible to get free or low-cost meals only if their families' household incomes meet the current income eligibility standards. Children who take part in several other programs, namely Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and children who are immigrants, fugitives, or destitute will get automatically qualified for free food. You can get details about the maximum income limits for qualifying for This Program at
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/notices/iegs/IEGs.htm.

What are the next stages?

The following information will lead you to the next stages to apply for this benefit.

How to apply for this program?

Get in touch with your child's school to know what foods are served, and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Your state education agency can also provide you details about school meals. The Food and Nutrition Service offers program and state contact information at The following web Pages:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/
and http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

What is the Program Contact Information?

For more details visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/
Or send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.