National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

NSLP Food Service staff are welcome to join our List Serve

Administrative and Procurement Reviews

  • Administrative Review Reports
  • Procurement Reviews - Beginning SY20, Procurement Reviews will be on the same review cycle as the Administrative Reviews.

    Cycle Menu Resources


    CEP & Special Provisions

    • Special Provisions - four alternative provisions to the normal requirements for annual determinations of eligibility for free and reduced price school meals and daily meal counts.
    • Community Eligibility Program (CEP) - this provision gives districts and/or schools the ability to not collect free & reduced meal applications


            Menu Planning Tools

              On-Site Monitoring Forms

                  Program Planning, Operations and Resources


                  Smart Snacks in Schools

                  Special Dietary Needs

                  Children with food allergies, diabetes, disabilities, and other conditions requiring modifications to school meals are entering Maine schools every year. The following resources are provided to aid schools in planning, preparing, and serving all Maine students so they can remain safe and healthy.

                  Waste and recycling

                        For more information or questions about the National School Lunch Program please contact a Child Nutrition staff member.