School Lunch and Breakfast

National School Lunch Program

These programs provide reimbursement for breakfasts lunches served to students enrolled in twelfth grade and under in public and private, non-profit schools. Reimbursement is provided at three levels: free, reduced-price, and full price (or paid). Families may submit applications to receive free or reduced-price meal benefits. In Vermont, the state pays the household portion of the reduced-price meal. In Vermont, public schools are required to participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, unless the school board holds a public discussion and subsequently votes to exempt the district from the requirement.

The programs are federal entitlement programs, meaning the government guarantees that all eligible program meals will be reimbursed. There are rules and regulations that govern meal eligibility. Participants receive a State Match payment once a year for NSLP and SBP and receive USDA Foods (include link to the USDA Foods page) based on lunches served. In general, these commodities represent 10-12% of foods used in school meals programs. The remaining food is purchased through conventional supplies.

School Breakfast Program

This program provides reimbursement for breakfasts served to students in the twelfth grade or under in public and private, non-profit schools. Reimbursement is provided at three levels: free, reduced price, and full price (or paid). Families may submit applications to receive free or reduced-price meal benefits. Families do not have to submit separate applications for free school lunch and breakfast.

In addition to federal reimbursements, schools that participate in the School Breakfast Program receive a State Match payment once a year.

Program Application

Please contact the Agency of Education in order to receive application materials and information.

2021 NSLP Equipment Grants

2021 NSLP Equipment Grants applications are due March 26, 2021 at 4:30pm.  This year, we will be using AOE’s electronic Grants Management System (GMS) to accept applications, make the grant awards, and process reimbursements.  This system is already familiar to business managers, as it is used for many other AOE grants, however it is likely new to Food Service Directors and Independent Schools. 

To access the grant application, please visit the Grants Management System

If you are new to the system, the  NSLP Equipment Applicant Manual has instructions on how to set up an account and use the system to apply.  Please note that it can take several days to set up a new account.

If you would like to review the grant opportunity before logging into the system, please see this image of the overview page for NSLP Equipment Grant.  

While there have been many COVID-related funding opportunities this year, the NSLP Equipment Grant is available for items that aren’t necessarily COVID-related.  We encourage you to maximize your federal funds by applying for this grant to cover non-COVID related equipment needs.

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