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 Review reports are included with the Administrative Reviews.

    Cycle Menu Resources


            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.

                  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.


                      Waste and recycling


                        Applications SY 2020

                        Civil Rights 

                        Dietary Accommodations SY 2019


                        End of Year Update SY2019

                        Financial: Know Your Numbers SY2019

                        LD167 Ensuring Student Access to Meals SY 2020

                        Local Wellness Policy SY 2019

                        Lunch Meal Pattern and Offer vs Serve SY 2018

                        New Crediting Guidance SY2020

                        Production Records and Standardized Recipes

                        Professional Standards SY 2019

                        Sanitation SY 2019

                        Smart Snacks SY 2019

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