National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established through Federal legislationin 1946. Schools in Mississippi have participated in the NSLP since the beginning. The growth began after 1966, when the Child Nutrition Act became law. This legislation provided funding for needy childrenís meals, guidelines for identifying the need, and a pilot breakfast program.
The funding through the 1970s was more than adequate to cover costs of operating the program. Many school districts accumulated healthy fund balances during these years. In 1981 the first major budget cut occurred. Since then, the paid studentís Federal reimbursement rates, which usually increased annually, have been frozen and the value of available USDA commodities has decreased.
To participate in the NSLP, a site must be recognized as an accredited school by the Mississippi Department of Education or operate as a licensed residential child care institution (RCCI).
2006-07 F/R Meal Applications new
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