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Lunch Program


  • SERVICE OR PROGRAM: National School Lunch Program
  • AUTHORITY: Federal: National School Lunch Act, as amended
  • SERVICE OR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  Local Education Agencies shall ensure that participating schools provide nutritious and well balanced lunches to children.

Lunches shall provide:

  • ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS OR PARTICIPANTS: All children enrolled in a public or nonprofit private school of high school grade or under are eligible to participate.
  • FUNDING OR GRANTS AVAILABLE: Funding is in the form of reimbursement based on rates assigned per paid, reduced price, and free lunches served to children.


Reimbursement Rates for School Year 2013-2014

Less than 60%
60% or More
Less than 60% + 6 Cents
60% or More + 6 Cents
Reduced Price




  • ACCESS PROCEDURES: The Department provides schools with the necessary application-agreement forms via the Web in August.  Application Renewal should be submitted by September 1, but not later than September 15.

Coordinator, School Food Services
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-3526