Basic Information on the 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 more than 31 million children each school day. Established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946, the program celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2011.

Who is Eligible to Apply:

Public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions.

Amount of Funds Available:

The NSLP is a federal reimbursement program. For more information on current reimbursement rates, please go to: Reimbursement Rates

Application Due Date:

Applications are accepted year-round.

Links to Application Materials or Other Grant Information:

Contact for More Information:

Jessica Sharkus, School Nutrition Team Director
Phone: 608.267.9121

For questions about this information, contact Angela Paul (608) 267-9206