National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program
What is the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program?
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are federally funded programs that assist schools and other agencies in providing nutritious meals to children at reasonable prices. In addition to financial assistance, the School Lunch Program provides donated commodity foods to help reduce lunch program costs. The United States Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program is responsible for overseeing the program nationally. In Florida, each district school board shall implement the school breakfast program in all elementary schools. School breakfast programs shall be offered at no cost to the students in schools in which 80 percent or more of the students enrolled are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. LINK to 1006.06 (5) (a) School food service programs Welcome, Online Sunshine.
Schools must apply through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness and complete the requirements prior to the operation of these programs. Once approved, schools will be reimbursed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for each lunch and breakfast meal served provided they meet established state and federal regulations.
- Complete the application process
- Attend a Child Nutrition training
- Maintain documentation and verification of children's eligibility category and count meals by eligibility category (free, reduced price, and paid meals)
- Maintain meal production records and inventory records that document the amount and types of food served
- Maintain records of On-site Accountability Reviews
- Maintain records of all program income and expenditures
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness will conduct periodic reviews of the school lunch and breakfast programs to ensure that program sponsors comply with state and federal regulations.
For more information on the application process, please see:
Publications and Communications (http://www.freshfromflorida.com/divisions/fnw/publications_communications.html) and "2009-17 TAN Process for Submitting Application Agreement, Policy in the NSLP" under Technical Assistance Notes 2008 - 2009.