The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public, non-profit private schools, and residential child care institutions. It provides payment for nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Sponsors enter into agreements with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) to participate. Our office also distributes State of Utah (liquor tax) funds to public schools for lunches.
Reimbursement is paid to sponsors based on meals served to children at the established free, reduced, and paid rate depending on the eligibility of the student served. NSLP Sponsors receive entitlement dollars based on the number of meals served that can be used to order United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods as part of the Food Distribution Program (FDP).
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
Schools wishing to operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must be a public or private nonprofit elementary or secondary school, residential child care institution, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) school, or an educational service agency and become approved as an NSLP sponsor or participate under an existing program sponsor.
To become a sponsor of the NSLP an Application of Intent to Participate must be submitted to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) office by February 15 prior to the school year you hope to implement the NSLP at your school. The Application of Intent allows you to participate in the training and approval process to become a program sponsor. All training and approval requirements must be completed between February 15 and September 30 to operate the program as a sponsor.
Schools already providing the NSLP do not need to submit an Application of Intent to Participate for the following school year as they are already an approved program sponsor or are operating under an approved sponsor.
Schools may apply for the following status:
Please contact the USBE Child Nutrition Program for assistance understanding qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process.
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Please contact the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for all training requests and access to the UEN courses.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) provide many program resources to help sponsors operate a successful program.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS):
Reimbursements are based on meals served to children eligible at the established free, reduced, and paid rate. State reimbursement is distributed on a per lunch basis to public schools only.
Severe Need Lunch Reimbursement: School Food Authority (SFA):
Claims are due to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE):
Claim amendments that result in an upward amendment (additional reimbursement):
In coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarification on program requirements and regulations..
School Meals: Policy
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires state agencies to conduct procurement and administrative reviews of all National School lunch Program (NSLP) Sponsors.
Administrative reviews are conducted once in a three-year cycle at each School Food Authority (SFA) operating the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) and/or the NSLP. Other Federal programs administered by the SFA are also reviewed which may include the Special Milk Program (SMP), Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), Afterschool Snack Program (ASP), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO).
State Agencies are required to post the most recent results of a SFAs Administrative Review Report starting with school year 2016-2017 Transparency Requirement; USDA FNS Final Rule: Administrative Reviews in the School Nutrition Programs 81 FR 50170). School Foodservice Authorities are also encouraged to post their review results on their public webpage. The State Agency must provide results to the public upon request.
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)
The Administrative Review covers two critical areas and several general program areas. The objective of the review is to determine program compliance, provide technical assistance, address items requiring corrective action, and assess fiscal action (as applicable). Follow-up and high risk SFAs may require additional reviews within the three-year cycle.
Meal Access and Reimbursement (PS1); Certification and Benefit Issuance Process (PS2)
Resource Management, Civil Rights, SFA On-site Monitoring, Local School Wellness Policy and School Meal Environment, Smart Snacks in School, Professional Standards, Water Availability, Food Safety, Storage, Buy American Provision, Reporting, Recordkeeping, National School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program Outreach
Other Federal Programs