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National School Lunch Program

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The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established in 1946 after the government had to reject many World War II recruits due to malnourishment. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman. It is the largest of the federal child nutrition programs in terms of spending and the number of children served.

More than 28 million children are served lunch every school day, in more than 99,000 schools. Approximately 95 percent of all elementary and secondary school students are enrolled in participating schools.

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program.

While school lunches must meet federal nutrition requirements, decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities. Current regulations require schools to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories.

Through the National School Lunch Program, children consume twice the servings of fruits and vegetables and greater amounts of grains and dairy than children who eat lunch brought from home or who leave school to eat lunch.

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