National School Lunch Program [NSLP] Law and Legal Definition

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.

The NSLP provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the USDA for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price lunches to eligible children.