School Lunches

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides free meals for students from families that make less than 130% of the poverty level and provides reduced-price meals for students from families that make between 130% and 185% of the poverty level. Since school-aged children receive lunch and sometimes breakfast from their school, it is important that the meals provided are adequately nutritious.


  • USDA Food and Nutrition Service: School Meals – The USDA Food and Nutrition Service runs the National School Lunch Program and is in charge of setting nutrition standards for school meals. Here you can find information about the NLSP, information about nutrition, and relevant policy memos.
  • Healthy School Lunches – The Healthy School Lunch Campaign is sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. It’s goal is to provide school lunches that promote the health of all children. This site has research articles about school lunch nutrition, recommended changes, and report cards that analyze the nutritious value of lunches provided by some of the nation’s larges school districts.