School Nutrition Program

  • Food Stamp Program

    This provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low- and no-income people living in the U.S. It is a federal aid program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, though benefits are distributed by individual U.S. states.
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

    President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. Public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions may participate in the NSLP. Offers afterschool snacks in sites that meet eligibilty requirements.
  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The SBP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.
  • Special Milk Program (SMP)

    The Child Nutrition Act of 1966 also authorized the SMP. It provides milk free of charge or at a low cost to children in schools and child care institutions that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs.
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

    In1968, the SFSP for Children was created as a three-year pilot, which had two components: child care and summer, provided grants to states to assist in providing meals t o children when school was not in session.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

    After an extension of the 1968 Special Food Service Program for Children’s three-year pilot, CACFP was authorized in 1975. In 1978 it became a permanent program. Child care centers, day care homes, homeless shelters, and adult day care centers may be eligible to participate in the CACFP.