The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides children meals that meet USDA nutrition guidelines and supports both academic achievement and health during the school day. In Montana, half of the lunch meals are served to children free or at a reduced price, based on their family’s household income.

In Montana, the National School Lunch Program serves 80,000 students every day.

USDA National School Lunch Program Website

Lunch Meals Served October 2019

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For more information about the National School Lunch Program, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406-444-2501.  

Public Notice: Per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Policy Bulletin SP15-2018, CACFP12-2018, SFSP05-2018, state agencies must submit requests to waive Child Nutrition Program requirements to their Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regional office. The Montana Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition Programs has submitted a waiver to the Mountain Plains Regional Office of the 3-year Administrative Review (AR) requirement and extend the review cycle that was proposed by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) on February 22, 2019 through  SP 12-2019 Flexibility for the Administrative Review Cycle Requirement . The goal of the waiver is to improve training and technical assistance and align reviews to support sponsors as they strive to operate high quality school meal programs.

November 6, 2020 Public Notice Waiver Request

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