National School Lunch Program

National School Lunch Program (January 2016)


Includes a program fact sheet, history, eligibility information, reimbursement rates, guidance materials, regulations, reports, and presentations.

Child Nutrition Labeling Program


Program provides food manufacturers the option to include a standardized food crediting statement on their product label.

National School Lunch Program (2015)

Food Research and Action Center.

Gives facts and history of the program, as well as resources associated with eligibility and reimbursement.

Let's All Go To The Lunchroom! Video (August 2013)

Child Nutrition, Mason City Schools District in Ohio.

This video was produced to communicate to the students and families in grades 1-6 of the Mason City School District the new regulations and the use of the MyPlate as a tool for healthy eating decisions.

School Meal Parent Campaign Resources (2013) (PDF | 7.55 MB)

Iowa Team Nutrition; University of Iowa.

Posters promoting the National School Lunch Program to parents.


Build a Healthy Lunch Reimbursable Meal Identification System (2012) (PDF | 670 KB)

Iowa Department of Education.

Kit helps students identify foods that are part of the reimbursable meal for the day at the near or beginning of the serving line.

School Meal Pattern Communication Tools (2012)

Iowa Department of Education.

These tools were developed to help school nutrition programs communicate effectively with the school staff, parents and the community about the needs and value of the child nutrition program. Each tool can be edited and customized to meet specific school needs.

Meal Pattern Training Resources (2014-2015)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Meal Pattern Training Resources focus on Food-Based Menu Planning (FBMP) required for the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). It provides an overview of the Meal Pattern and is part of the Recognizing a Reimbursable Meal training resource. The training includes a trainer's script, participants' handouts, and PowerPoint presentation.

Check out these additional resources for making healthy school meal choices:
  • Requirements and Nutrition Standards – Check out these resources to make sure your school meals are meeting federal requirements and national standards.
  • School Breakfast Program – Find resources for starting a School Breakfast Program or enhancing existing options.
  • Taste-Testing - Taste testing empowers students to make decisions about what is served, and often helps them change their food choices. Find evaluation forms and other tools to help conduct taste tests in your program.