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National School Lunch Program

The purpose of the National School Lunch Program is to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children, as declared in 1946 by Congress in the National School Lunch Act. The School Lunch Program makes it possible for schools to serve nutritious inexpensive lunches to students each day. Schools may also serve meals during summer months. Last school year, in NH, over 30 million meals were reimbursed. USDA provides program funding and administration.

Schools receive reimbursement for all meals which meet meal pattern requirements specified by the USDA in regulation CFR 210. Schools may qualify for higher "severe need" reimbursements if a specified percentage of their meals are served free or at a reduced price. In addition, meals must meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans when averaged over a week. There is one menu planning option available to schools. The Bureau of Nutrition Programs and Services provides technical assistance and guidance to schools to insure that the lunch program operates in accordance with the regulations of the National School Lunch Program.

The Department of Agriculture also donates surplus commodity foods for lunches served under the program. These foods are distributed by the Surplus Distribution Section of the Department of Administrative Services,, (603) 271-7838.

Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires that the USDA create professional stantards for State and local school nutrition program personnel. The purpose of this guide is to help you learn about these standards and find useful resources. Local school program personnel should be sure to refer to the final rule and consult with their State Agency if they have specific questions.

Civil Rights

Civil Rights - Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs
(USDA presentation, August 9, 2017)

Civil Rights Training 2018 PowerPoint

Crediting Meal Components in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program
August 9, 2017 (USDA Presentation) PowerPoint

Certification Worksheet Documents and Tools (formerly 6 Cents)


Alternative Certification Resources and Training Materials for Six Cent Certification Acrobat Reader


6 Cent Certification for New SFA's Acrobat Reader


USDA Menu Planner for School Meals School Year 2018-2019

Fresh & Delicious - Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
"A Call to Action" PowerPoint
August 8, 2012
Mary Joan McLarney, MS, RD
Program Nutritionist

Nutrition Standards in the School Breakfast Program for 2013-14 PowerPoint
August 16, 2013
Cheri White, Adminstrator
Division of Program Supplor
Bureau of Nurtition Programs and Services

SFA On-Site Review Documents
(formerly known as Accuclaim)
Verification of Free and Reduced Price
School Meal Applications Documents

(Application Materials have been updated.
Last year's forms will not be accepted)

NSLP Timeline 2019-2020 Acrobat Reader

updated 7/8/19

Powerpoint Presentation
"Fresh & Delicious Nutrition Standards in the NSLP - GRAINS
October 3, 2012
Communication and Policy Memos Serving School Meals to Preschoolers: School Year 2018-2019

Eligibility Manual for School Meals - Revised June 2017 Acrobat Reader

School Meals
Nutrition Standards for School Meals

Nutrition Standards for School Meals Q&A on Final Rule Acrobat Reader

Sanitation/HACCP Information

Community Eligibility Provision click on this link for more information.

Household Income Information Questionnaire Word document

Title I / CEP Guidance from US Dept. of Education Word document

Letter from Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Education August 5, 2015 Acrobat Reader

CNP Memo 54-2016 Community Eligiblitiy Provision: Guidance and Updated Q&As Acrobat Reader

CNP Memo 61-2016
Fall 2016 Edition: Community Eligibility Provision: Planning and Implementation Guidance

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Planning and Implementation Guide (61-2016a)

Powerpoint Presentation PowerPoint
June 12, 2014

Relating Smart Snacks -
The New Federal Competitive Food Rule to The New NH State Competitive Food Rule


A Guide to Smart Snacks in School 2018-2019 Acrobat Reader

Equipment Assistance Grants:

2019 Equipment Assistance Grant Letter and Application Instructions Word document

School Breakfast Program

Procedure to Start a Breakfast Program Acrobat Reader

The link below will provide information on the School Breakfast Program

ARTs (Administrative Review and Training systems)

Technical Advisory

Bake Sales & Fundraiser Exemptions 2017 Acrobat Reader

School Meal Payment Policy Acrobat Reader

Paid Lunch Equity Information

Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for SY 2019-2020 Acrobat Reader

2019-2020 Paid Lunch Equity (PLE)
Pricing Tool

Non Food Revenue Calculator Instructions Excel
Non Food Revenue Calculator Excel

Paid Lunch Equity and Non Program Foods Revenue PowerPoint
August 2014

Paid Lunch Equity Information

Offer versus Serve -
Guidance for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program;
Word document
School Year 2015-2016

Local School Wellness Policies in Action - Ideas Acrobat Reader

Wellness & Learning PowerPoint Dr. Murray PowerPoint

Local Wellness Policy Toolkit and Related Resources

Looking for resources to help you implement your local school wellness policy and create a healthier school environment?

Team Nutrition just launched a new Web site that consolidates school wellness resources in a way that will make them easier for you to find.

School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources Web site

On May 1, 2014, the USDA announced the availability of a new Healthier School Environment Webinar, HUSSC Local Wellness Policy Criteria: Taking Steps to Create a Healthier School Environment, that highlights the Local Wellness Policy Proposed Rule and HUSSC Local Wellness Policy Criteria.

Homeless Student Resources

Training Tutorials
Online Professional Development

Please follow the link below:

These Food Service tutorials were designed by the New Hampshire e-learning for Educators program at the NH Department of Education for the Bureau of Nutrition Programs and Services in the Division of Program Support.

To register, visit the link above, select Bureau of Nutrition Programs and Services Tutorials under the Self Paced Tutorial Category. These tutorials are free to food service personnel currently working in New Hampshire Public Schools.

To learn more, please read the training tutoral - Training tutorial flyer Acrobat Reader

Withholding Payment-Disregard Appeal Process Acrobat Reader

Appeal Procedures Acrobat Reader

USDA Foods Update School Programs Newsletter


Marty Davis - Lead
Program Specialist II
Cheri White

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