School Meals

National School Lunch Program

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 breakfast and lunches to children each school day.

Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act the USDA made the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which will help us raise a healthier generation of children. The new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. These responsible reforms do what’s right for children’s health in a way that’s achievable in schools across the Nation.

Families can apply at any time during the year. Parents do not need to be citizens for their kids to be eligible for the school meal program. Scroll down to view the income guidelines for reduced price and free meals.

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School Breakfast Program (SBP)

The SBP in Utah is severely underutilized. During the 2014-2015 school year only 34.3 low-income (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch) Utah students participated in the program for every 100 low-income students who participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). When comparing SBP participation state-wide to NSLP participation among low income students, Utah ranks last in the nation for school breakfast participation.

In the School Breakfast Scorecard for 2015-2016, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) established that a successful SBP is one that reaches 70 low-income students for every 100 low-income students who participate in the NSLP. If Utah were to reach 70 low-income students, an additional 61,304 students would be starting the day with school breakfast and Utah would receive an additional $16,079,276 million dollars in annual federal reimbursement funding.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

Reduced Price Meals - 185%

 House Hold Size  Annual Monthly Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
 1 21,775 1,815 908 838 419
 2 29,471 2,456 1,228 1,134 567
3 37,167  3,098 1,549 1,430 715
4 44,863 3,739 1,870 1,726 863
5 52,559 4,380  2,190 2,022  1,011 
60,255  5,022  2,511  2,318  1,159 
7 67,951  5,663  2,832  2,614  1,307 
8 75,647 6,304 3,152 2,910 1,455
For each additional
family member add
7,696 642 321 296 148

 

Free Meals - 130%

 House Hold Size  Annual Monthly Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
 1 15,301 1,276 638 589 295
 2 20,709 1,726 863 797 399
3 26,117 2,177 1,089 1,005 503
4 31,525 2,628 1,314 1,213 607
5 36,933 3,078 1,539 1,412 711
42,341 3,529 1,765 1,629 815
7 47,749 3,980 1,990 1,837 919
8 53,157 4,430 2,215 2,045 1,023
For each additional
family member add
5,408 451 226 208 104