How to Apply

To apply for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program there are three steps that must be followed:

Step 1:
New sponsors of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program must register and attend an A+ School Lunch training.

Step 2:
Choose which programs your facility would like to administer, and indicate it on your Food Service Agreement (below). For more information regarding the different programs, visit Program Description and Requirements. The additional forms below must be submitted to the Arizona Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs office.

Mail hard copy materials to:
National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #7
Phoenix, AZ 85007

        1. Food Service Agreement (2 originals must be submitted)
        2. Sponsor Application Process Agreement
        3. Free and Reduce-Price Policy Statement(s) (2 originals must be submitted)
        4. Civil Rights Pre-Award Compliance   PDF     Word
        5. State of Arizona Substitute W-9 Form
        6. Certification Regarding Lobbying
        7. Certification Regarding Debarment
        8. Requesting Common Logon Permissions for Child Nutrition Programs
        9. For Private Organizations Only: Copy of tax-exemption 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS
        10. For Residential Facilities Only: Copy of current license for each site(s) participating in the program
        11. DUNS Number ReportingNEW
        12. Sponsor-Site Data Form (Add-Change-Delete)NEW

If Applicable:

      1. Caterer/Vendor Contract
        (see Contracting for Meal Service)
      2. Food Service Management Company Contract/Addendum/Renewal
        (see Contracting for Meal Service)
      3. Food Distribution Program Delivery Information Form (School Nutrition Programs Application)
      4. School Finance Entity Profile Form
      5. Annual Financial Report (AFR)  - Common Logon Permissions Request for CNP Annual Financial Report Access

Step 3:
Sponsors must submit an On-line Application for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and After School Care Snack Program via the CNP Web Program.

The following items must be submitted via the CNP Web Program:

      • Application Information Page
      • Site Information Page
      • Food Distribution Program Delivery Information – (CNP2000) Update your delivery location information and program contact information in CNP2000. If you do not have access to CNP2000, please contact a member of the Food Distribution team to find out how to get access or to direct you to the person in your district that has access.

Once your online application is complete and the Food Service Agreement is signed by both parties (the Arizona Department of Education and you, the sponsoring agency), the CNP Office will mail one copy of the signed Food Service Agreement to the School Food Authority Contact listed on the application.

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an Online Confirmation (via the CNP Web Program). You may then begin claiming reimbursable meals served to the students.

For further assistance, please contact the School Health and Nutrition Office at the Arizona Department of Education 602-542-8700 or toll free at 1-800-352-4558.