Fact Sheet: School Lunch Program
2009 | Download
The School Lunch Program is a Federal program that assists public schools and non-profit private schools in providing affordable meals to children. The program offers free or reduced price meals to children who qualify based on family size and income. It is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and, in California, by the California Department of Education (CDE).
The School Lunch Program benefits children, parents, and schools by:
- Providing children with meals that include the vitamins, minerals, and calories they need.
- Offering parents a convenient and affordable way to provide their children with a meal during the day.
- Improving learning ability and classroom behavior among students that eat school lunches.
Learn more with this fact sheet about the benefits and challenges to children, parents, and schools of the federal School Lunch Program, from PHI's California Project LEAN.