Program Description and Requirements


To safeguard the health and well being of the nation’s children by establishing good eating habits and providing adequate food for the children.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a Federal Program that may provide nutritious meals to all school children at a no or minimal cost. Families may apply for the programs by submitting a Household Income Application which is provided by the school. The school is then responsible for certifying the students for free, reduced-price, or paid meals.

This program is MANDATORY all elementary schools, middle schools and junior high schools shall participate in the National School Lunch Program as defined in Public Law 108-265 except, schools that have less than 100 students. This is mandated by ARS 15-242.

Schools must apply through the Department of Education and complete the requirements prior to the operation of these programs. Once approved, schools will receive funding by the Department of Education for each lunch and breakfast meal served provided they meet established nutrition standards (link to SMI page (coming soon) and state and federal regulations.


The Arizona Department of Education will conduct periodic reviews of the school lunch program to ensure that program sponsors are in compliance with the regulations.

Contact Information

National School Lunch Program & School Breakfast Program
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 7
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-8700
Toll Free: (800) 352-4558
Fax: (602) 542-3818 or (602) 542-1531