The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care facilities. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.  There are income eligibility requirements used to determine if your child qualifies for free or reduced meals. The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services update eligibility requirements annually.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts for the time period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019:

*For households with more than eight people, add $7,992 per additional person.

If you are earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, we encourage you to contact your school to fill out a school meal application. Schools send meal applications home at the beginning of each school year; however, you may ask for an application anytime during the year.  The school or local education agency will process your application and issue an eligibility determination.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Food, and Nutrition Programs

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National School Breakfast Program