School lunch on tray

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

School Wellness Policy Rule

Learn more about the NSLP by visiting our Training and Technical Assistance page.