CNS administers Child Nutrition Programs through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services
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. Public school districts, private schools, residential child care institutions (RCCIs) and Charter Schools may participate in school meal programs.
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in nonprofit schools who do not participate in other Child Nutrition programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all enrolled students in participating elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day—separate from the lunch or breakfast meal in one or more areas of the school. The program’s main goal is to combat childhood obesity by helping students learn more about healthful eating habits. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Reference Sheet provides more details about the program.