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.

     

    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

     

    Equipment Assistance 

    Equipment Assistance USDA grant to help schools with a free or reduced rate over 50% purchase needed kitchen equipment.

            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

                  What's for Lunch?
                  Four Week Cycle Menu 
                  Cheeseburger Soup
                  Pretzels
                  Roasted Chickpeas
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  General Tso's Chicken
                  with Sesame Noodles
                  Broccoli
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Hummus with Pita Chips
                  Greek Salad
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  BBQ Pulled Pork
                  with Whole Grain Bun
                  Potato Salad
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Roasted Chicken
                  Focaccia Bread
                  Gazpacho
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Ham & Cheese Wrap
                  Corn Chowder
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Chef Salad with
                  Whole Grain Croutons
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Creamy Chicken Taco Soup
                  Tortilla Chips
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Buffalo Chicken Wrap
                  Baby Carrots
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Fish Tacos
                  Gold Fish Crackers
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Lasagna
                  Dinner Roll
                  Cherry Tomatoes
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Broccoli Cheddar Soup
                  Crackers
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Big Mac Salad
                  Breadstick
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  BBQ Chicken
                  Cheddar Biscuit
                  Roasted Corn
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Steak & Cheese Pizza
                  Roasted Chickpeas
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Chicken Caesar Salad
                  with Whole Grain Croutons
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Mac & Cheese
                  Breadstick
                  Sliced Cucumbers
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  White Bean & Chicken Chili
                  Tortilla Chips
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Carnitas
                  Mexican Corn
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                  Buffalo Chicken Dip
                  Tortilla Chips
                  Cheese Stick
                  Cherry Tomatoes
                  Fruit
                  Milk
                        For more information or questions about the National School Lunch Program please contact a Child Nutrition staff member.