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Office of Nutritional Services and Programs

The Office of Nutrition Programs and Services provides educational leadership, program technical assistance, federal and state funding and general services that promote and fund health, nutritional daily needs of children and adults and nutrition education for all program participants through the administration of USDA Child Nutrition Services in New Hampshire schools, institutes and summer programs.

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.

The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of traditional paper applications.

For Parents and Students

The New Hampshire Department of Education helps local schools administer their nutrition programs, but does not determine program eligibility. To apply for Free and Reduced Price School Meals, please contact your local school.

Afterschool Snack Program

The Afterschool Snack Program is made available to serve healthy reimbursable snacks to children participating in the after school programs run by schools or child care sponsors. In New Hampshire, 1,813,557 snack meals have been reimbursed.

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, [email protected], (603) 271-2602.


Patty Carignan
Program Specialist II
[email protected]

Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) was established for child care centers in 1968 under Section 16 of the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act.

CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.

See how CACFP can make a difference in the quality of your program! Whether you are a provider in your home, at a day care center, in a afterschool program, or in an emergency shelter, you will find many useful resources for serving nutritious meals and snacks.

Patty Carignan
Program Specialist II
[email protected]

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides reimbursements to participating schools to serve, during the school day, fresh fruits and vegetables to students during non-meal times.


Alexis Dwyer
Program Specialist II
[email protected]

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 Office 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, [email protected], (603) 271-7838.

School Breakfast Program

Special Milk Program

The Special Milk Program provides participating programs whose children do not have access to a meals program, opportunities to serve and receive reimbursements for milk. $261,060.85 is provided to participating programs to support the purchase of milk to children.

For more information, visit the USDA Special Milk Program.

Summer Food Service Program

The SFSP provides reimbursements to participating programs to serve nutritious meals to children in residential camps, day camps, open site locations, closed site locations, schools.


Patty Carignan, Program Specialist II
(603) 271-3862
[email protected]

For Schools

Child Nutrition Program participants- log in to MyNHDOE

Outsourcing your Program

Outsourcing the meals program to a Food Service Management Company is a major decision for a School Food Authority to make. The contracting with an outside company to provide management services and/or meals comes with great monitoring responsibilities.


Please contact Kathryn Hodges with any questions regarding, or for templates that can be used in, the contracting process.

Kathryn Hodges
Program Specialist IV
(603) 271-3861
[email protected]

Cheri White
(603) 271-3860
[email protected]