National School Lunch/ Breakfast Program
Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must apply through the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and complete the requirements prior to the operation of these programs. Once approved, LEAs will receive reimbursement from the ADE for each lunch and breakfast meal served provided they meet established nutrition standards and state and federal regulations. Refer to the information under the How to Apply section of the webpage. To access step by step instructions regarding the application process, required online training and provide a New Sponsor Contact at ADE to help LEAs through the application process.
Where can I find information about the current nutrition standards and program requirements for school meals?
Refer to the School Nutrition Programs Guidance Manual located at: www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/nslp/manuals/
Currently, there are over 500 sponsors from the following areas: public district and charter schools, private non-profit schools, residential child care institutions (RCCI’s), and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).