National School Lunch Program

What is the National School Lunch Program?

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program created to offer healthy, balanced meals to all students. Participating school districts receive federal reimbursement and commodity food items from the USDA for every qualifying meal served.

Can anyone buy a meal?

Yes. Healthy, balanced meals are offered to all students. Eligible families may qualify for a free or reduced meal rate.

What is included in a meal?

Arbor Management’s “Meal Deal” is a complete meal offered to all students. All “Meal Deals” qualify as reimbursable meals.

A Meal Deal includes:

  1. Meat or Meat Alternative
  2. Grains / Bread
  3. Vegetables
  4. Fruit
  5. Fat-Free or 1% Milk

Students must take 3-5 of the components or servings listed above and must include at least 1⁄2 cup fruit or vegetable to qualify as a Meal Deal.

Is it healthy?

The USDA requires meals to follow strict nutrition guidelines to ensure students receive age-appropriate nutrition. Compared to previous years, meals now contain more whole grains, fruit, vegetables, lower fat milk, and age-appropriate portion sizes. Changes were made to better reflect the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help combat childhood obesity and to offer students a higher level of nutrition.

Arbor Management takes the regulations one step further by upholding our A+ Nutrition Standards. Our nutrition team works together to develop healthy, balanced meals made with quality ingredients students love!