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National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for Florida

  • Listed: January 19, 2019 3:25 pm
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Program Description

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally funded program that assists schools and other agencies in providing nutritious meals to children at reasonable prices. In addition to financial assistance, the NSLP provides donated commodity foods to help reduce lunch program costs. The United States Department of Agriculture NSLP is responsible for overseeing the program nationally.

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a nutritious breakfast is the best way to start a day of learning! The School Breakfast Program is a federally funded program that helps schools provide breakfast to all students. In Florida, each district school board must operate the SBP in all elementary schools. School breakfast programs must be operated at no cost to the students in schools where 80 percent or more of the students enrolled are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Program Requirements

For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Florida.

Each school year’s Income eligibility guidelines may be used to determine eligibility for free milk.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,459
2 $30,451
3 $38,443
4 $46,435
5 $54,427
6 $62,419
7 $70,411
8 $78,403

*For households with more than eight people, add $7,992 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

If you are earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, we encourage you to contact your school to fill out a school milk application. The participating school or local education agency will process your application and issue an eligibility determination.

If you are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, your child automatically qualifies for free school meals. If you are eligible for unemployment compensation, you might also be eligible for free or reduced price school meals.

We strongly recommend you contact the Food Service Department in your school district or local school lunch program in your community for more information and guidance.

Application Process

Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals at any time throughout the school year by submitting a household application directly to your school.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide you with an example of an application. Please contact your school to determine if you need to fill out an application.

Contact your state’s agency to confirm your school participates in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

Contact Information

For more information for Florida, please visit the Florida School Lunch Program website.

Or visit: USDA’s National School Lunch Program. USDA’s National School Breakfast Program.


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