National School Lunch & Breakfast Program
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National School Lunch & Breakfast Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are designed to promote the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children. Currently, there are 373 participants in Washington. This includes public school districts, private schools, and residential child care institutions (RCCIs).

As a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, there have been many changes to the NSLP and SBP. Regulatory changes include updated nutrition standards for school meals. The cornerstone of the new standards are the new meal patterns, which include more servings of fruit and whole grains, a wider variety of vegetables, and low-fat milk.

Tools and Resources for a Successful School Meals Program

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

School Nutrition Programs

Program Supervisor
Wendy Barkley, (360) 725-6220

Administrative Support
Carleigh Thorson, (360) 725-6203

Program Specialist
Debra Calhoun, (509) 323-2751
Kari Lund, (425) 776-2955
Linsey LaPlant, (425) 917-7923
Pam Mahre, (509) 575-2412
Chuck Ziara, (253) 583-8810
Melissa Hill, (360) 725-4950
Lisa Jekel, (360) 725-4957

Map of NSLP Sponsors and Assigned Specialists


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