Glossary of Education
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted free or reduced-price school lunch program offered to eligible students, based on family income levels. To demonstrate eligibility for free lunch, the student's family income must be at or below 130 percent of the poverty level. Reduced-price lunches are provided to those students whose family incomes are 130-185 percent of the poverty level. For the period July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009, 130 percent of the poverty level is $27,560 for a family of four; 185 percent is $39,220.) The NSLP is an often an important source of nutrition for poor children and can greatly assist struggling families with financial obligations.
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