The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are designed to promote the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children in public and private schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs).
The USDA income eligibility guidelines for school meals are intended to direct benefits to those children most in need. These guidelines are based on the federal income poverty guidelines and are revised annually. The eligibility criteria is 130% of the income poverty guidelines for free and 185% for reduced-price meals.
SFAs participating in the NSLP and SBP are required to provide meals that contain one-third of the Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs) for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories with no more than 30% of the calories from fat and less than 10% of the calories from saturated fat.
Any school food authority (SFA) may contract with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC) to manage its food service operation. For more information about FSMCs please contact Susan Benning at email@example.com or at 307-777-6280.
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