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National School Lunch Program

Washington Child Nutrition Providers Honored with “Extra Mile Award”

OSPI would like to thank the child nutrition heroes who persisted against many challenges during the pandemic. You have been the rock in every community you serve and we celebrate your heroism during this past year. Congratulations!

See the Extra Mile Award Certificate!

Food, Body, and Mind Awards

Does your school or district do something amazing?

Let's celebrate your successes! Learn more about the program and nominate your organization for a Food, Body, and Mind Award!

Contact Information

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)/School Breakfast Program (SBP)


The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is 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.

For additional information about operating Child Nutrition Programs during unanticipated closures visit the COVID-19 Nutrition & Meals Guidance web page.

Districts Administering the NSLP

Program Operations

  • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and Provision 2- The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and Provision 2 provide an alternative approach for offering school meals at schools in low-income areas.
  • Food Service Management Companies (FSMC)- Program sponsors may contract with a  commercial enterprise or nonprofit organization that manages any aspect of the organization’s food service program.
  • Menu Planning and Meal Patterns-Discover the components of the nutritious, well-balanced, and age-appropriate meals served.
  • Meal Application and Verification Information- Meal application availability and the verification of submitted applications are important requirements that help to ensure integrity in School Meal Programs. 
  • Purchasing/ Procurement for Federal Programs - Sponsors are reimbursed through OSPI with funds from the USDA. Receiving public funds means sponsors are responsible to follow ethical business and purchasing practices set by USDA regulations.
  • Reference Sheets-This guide provides information on program requirements and links to requirements and tools for compliance.

Elevate Your Program

  • Training - Annual trainings and topics to expand your program knowledge.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.