The National School Lunch Program
...provides a healthy, nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunch for more 30 million U.S. children.
Any public school, charter, or nonprofit private school can participate in the National School Lunch Program, and public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions can also participate. Currently, the program is operating in over 100,000 schools.
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH SCHOOL LUNCH IN MARYLAND?
Community Eligibility, an exciting new option in Maryland, allows schools with high percentages of low-income children to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. In the 2013-2014 school year, community eligibility was implemented in select Washington County Schools and the SEED School of Maryland. Learn more...
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 established new healthier meal guidelines for school lunches. School meals now have more whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, and vegetables. The new guidelines also reduce the amount of fat, sugar, and sodium in school meals. Learn more....
MARYLAND HUNGER SOLUTIONS CAN HELP BY:
- Advocating for policy improvements to school meals.
- Conducting outreach to increase participation in school meals.
- Implementing a plan to collect meal applications to enable schools to access full federal funding.