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.
Webinars

    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.

                    Training

                      Waste and recycling

                        Webinars

                         Determining Eligibility

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2020

                        Common Review Findings

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2020

                        Dietary Accommodations

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2019

                        SY 2019 End of Year Wrap Up 

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2019

                        Financial: Know Your Numbers

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2019

                        Ensuring Student Access to Meals

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2020

                        Local Wellness Policy

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2019

                        Lunch Meal Pattern - Offer vs Serve

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2018

                        New Crediting Guidance

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2020

                        Prod. Records/Standardized Recipes

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2018

                        Professional Standards

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2019

                        Sanitation and SOPs

                        Webinar Slides (pdf)

                        SY 2019

                         

                        Civil Rights 

                         

                         

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