National School Lunch
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established in 1946 as a "measure of national security to safeguard the health and well-being of the nation's children."
School districts receive federal reimbursements for each school lunch served that meets the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. These guidelines promote meal quality while commodity donations help the farmer and help schools keep down meal prices.
Meals are planned using these guidelines:
- Portion sizes are designed to meet the growing needs of children
- Fresh fruit and vegetables are offered daily
- Promotions, such as Vegetable Treasures, The Cool Spot and 5-A Day, encourage students to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Low-fat milk is served in a variety of flavors
- Non trans-fat oils are used in preparation methods