School Lunch Program

Contact Information

Camden Robbins, R.D., L.D.
Nutrition Program Consultant
(307) 777-6270

About the Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are designed to promote the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children in public and private schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs).

The USDA income eligibility guidelines for school meals are intended to direct benefits to those children most in need. These guidelines are based on the federal income poverty guidelines and are revised annually. The eligibility criteria is 130% of the income poverty guidelines for free and 185% for reduced-price meals.

SFAs participating in the NSLP and SBP are required to provide meals that contain one-third of the Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs) for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories with no more than 30% of the calories from fat and less than 10% of the calories from saturated fat.

Any school food authority (SFA) may contract with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC) to manage its food service operation. For more information about FSMCs please contact Susan Benning at or at 307-777-6280.

Information, guidance, and regulations on all Child Nutrtion Programs can be found on the USDA Food and Nutrtion Service Website

Elements of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Meal Pattern – Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA)


All Foods Sold in Schools

Production Records

CN Label Rescources

Meal compliance (6 Cent) Certification Resources

Income and Benefit Eligibility and Issuance

Provision Schools & Community Eligibility Provision

Counting and Claiming

Financial Management


Food Safety

Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel

Administrative Reviews

Appeals Procedure

Free and Reduced Data

Healthier US School Challenge

Keys to Excellence

“Brag Board”

Nutrition Education and Materials

Helpful Links