According to FRAC, the National School Lunch Program (NSLW) is the nation’s second largest food and nutrition assistance program behind SNAP. NSL makes it possible for all school children in the United States to receive a nutritious lunch every school day. The vast majority of schools (approx. 95 %) participate in the program, providing meals to more than 30 million children on an average day.
- Meals served through the National School Lunch Program meet federal nutrition standards, which require schools to serve more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- The program is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and in each state typically through the state department of education or agriculture.
Take action! Tell Congress to protect provisions in the Build Back Better Act that take important steps to increase access to and improve the nutrition of school meals, particularly for children of color, making a significant step in the direction of school meals for all! #NSLW21