About the Program
Public and private schools as well as approved Residential Child Care Institutions that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive food purchased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In Wyoming, 320 schools will receive USDA Food entitlement at the rate of $.2350 cents for each lunch served during the 18-19 school year. In total, Wyoming will receive and distribute $2.6 million worth of food to the schools. This entitlement can be utilized on a wide variety of foods which include; canned and frozen fruits in light syrup or pear juice, low sodium canned and frozen vegetables, canned beans, wheat flour, whole grain pasta, beef, chicken, pork, egg and cheese items. These USDA Foods represent 12-20 percent of the value of all foods purchased for the lunch program. All other food used in the NSLP is procured by the school or school district. In cooperation with the Department of Defense, schools can allocate part of their USDA entitlement funds for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Food Distribution is funded through USDA State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds and a state-administered revolving fund. Schools are charged fees to cover storage, handling, and shipping.
Schools that participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) also receive USDA Foods based on 1.5 cents for each meal served. In 2017, Wyoming served 191,645 summer meals and received $4381.00 worth of USDA Foods.