National School Lunch Program
Sep 11, 2012, Updated Jun 08, 2021
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According to the USDA Website: The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) 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.
It is with great pride that I serve as a community partner to Indianapolis Public Schools’ Foodservice Division. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is the state of Indiana’s largest school district. There are currently 61 schools in IPS & every day over 26,000 lunches are served in the district’s cafeterias. IPS participates in the following USDA Programs:
- School Breakfast Program
- National School Lunch Program
- After School Snack Program
- Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
- Summer Food Service Program
88% of IPS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. This statistic is on-par with other urban school districts across the United States.
I believe IPS provides students with the necessary nutrition to perform in an academic setting. Nutritional integrity & food safety standards are the primary focus in IPS’ Foodservice Division. The department’s mission is “To provide students with nutritious meals they will enjoy and at the lowest possible cost to students, parents, and taxpayers.”
Stay tuned & together we will dive into IPS Foodservice operations and offerings. I will help you understand the USDA’s dedication to the health and nutritional needs of our nation’s children through school meals.
My son doesn’t have a lunchbox. He goes to school with lunch money.
xoxo Produce Mom