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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) 271-2602.

Certification Worksheet Documents and Tools (formerly 6 Cents)

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

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

ACCUCLAIM Materials Verification Documents
Application Materials - NSLP
(Application Materials have been updated.
Last year's forms will not be accepted)
Powerpoint Presentation
"Fresh & Delicious Nutrition Standards in the NSLP - GRAINS
October 3, 2012

Eligibility Manual for School Meals - Revised August 2014 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

Household Income Information Questionnaire Word document


Powerpoint Presentation PowerPoint
June 12, 2014

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


Equipment Assistance Grants:

Equipment Assistance Grant Letter and Application Instructions Acrobat Reader

Equipment Assistance Grant Application 2014 Word document

Equipment Grant NSLP Schools Eligibility
Acrobat Reader



School Breakfast Program
The link below will provide information on the School Breakfast Program

NSLP Communication and Policy Memos Technical AdvisoryAcrobat Reader
Ed 306.2, 306.4, 306.11

Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for SY 2015-2016 Acrobat Reader
USDA memo 10/8/2014

2015-2016 Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Pricing Tool Excel

Non Food Revenue Calculator Instructions Excel
Non Food Revenue Calculator Excel

Paid Lunch Equity and Non Program Foods Revenue PowerPoint
August 2014

Offer versus Serve -
Guidance for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program;

School Year 2014-2015 Word document

Local Wellness Policy Toolkit and Related Resources

Looking for resources t 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

Food Service Director list for the National School Lunch Program

(Currecntly being updated)

ARTs (Administrative Review and Training systems)

USDA Foods Update School Programs Newsletter

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Judy Gosselin
Program Specialist
Cheri White

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711