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National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.

All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), are eligible for ACP benefits. Households are also independently eligible if their income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($55,500 for a family of four); or a member of the household participates in certain other federal benefit programs—including, among others, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and Federal Public Housing Assistance.

In order to participate in the program, schools must offer a variety of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. They must also meet certain nutrition standards for calories, fat, and sodium.

The NSLP is a valuable program that helps to ensure that all children have access to healthy meals. The program has helped to reduce childhood hunger and obesity, and it has also helped to improve academic performance.

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Additional Facts About The NSLP:

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How to Apply for NSLP

If you are interested in learning more about the NSLP, you can visit the USDA's website at

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If you are already enrolled in National School Lunch Program then you are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program or ACP.

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