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National School Lunch Program


The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established to provide nutritionally balanced school lunch meals at a low cost to children each school day.   Eligible children may receive meals at a free or reduced price. The program reimburses schools with federally-funded dollars for meals that comply with the USDA nutrition standards.  NSLP operates in Maryland public schools, nonprofit private schools, and residential childcare institutions

USDA Overview of the National School Lunch Program
Meal Pattern

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School Wellness Policy Rule