What is the National School Lunch Program?

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The National School Lunch Program is a federally-assisted meal program operating in over 101,000 public and non‐profit private schools and residential child care institutions. School districts that choose to take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced-price lunches to eligible children.