National School Lunch Program
CSFA Number: 586-18-0407
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Roxanne Ramage
Short Description
To provide participants federal reimbursement for a portion of the costs to provide quality nutritious lunches to all enrolled children in facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This program title also includes the After School Snack Program, which provides participants with federal reimbursement for a portion of the costs to provide quality nutritious snacks to all children attending an after school program that participates in the After School Snack Program.
Subject Area
Program Function
Food and Nutrition
Enabling Legislation
7 CFR 210 “Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1751 1760, 1779.” CFDA
Objectives and Goals
To assist program participants, through cash grants and food donations, in providing a nutritious nonprofit lunch service for children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Federally appropriated NSLP funds are available to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to reimburse participating public and nonprofit nonpublic schools with high school grades or under, including licensed or stated operated residential child care institutions, for lunches meeting the nutritional requirements prescribed by the Secretary of Agriculture served to children. Facilities that operate the NSLP, have the option of participating in the After School Snack Program. Sites in which their free and reduced percentage is 50% or greater can provide all children attending the after school program with a free nutritious snack. Sites that are below 50% free and reduced eligibility can participate in the After School Snack Program, however, their meal reimbursement rate would be based on the number of free, reduced and paid snacks that they serve each day. All participants must agree to serve meals that meet the meal pattern requirements to all students, including free meals to those eligible for free meal benefits and reduced price meals for those meeting the eligibility requirements for reduced price meals.
Eligibility Requirements
Public and nonprofit nonpublic schools with high school grades and registered with ISBE; public and nonprofit private residential child care institutions, except Job Corps centers; residential summer camps that participate in the Summer Food Service Program; and private foster homes are eligible. Schools and residential child care institutions that participate must agree to operate a nonprofit food service program that is available to all children regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.

All children enrolled in facilities where this program is operating may participate. Lunch is served free to children who are determined by Local Education Agencies to have household income levels at or below 130 percent of the poverty level and at a reduced price to children from households with incomes higher than 130 but at or below 185 percent of the poverty level, respectively. Such determinations are made in accordance with income eligibility guidelines prescribed by the Secretary of Agriculture and cross reference household income with household size. The Secretary announces these income eligibility guidelines by July 1. The statistical source used in making such revisions is the Federal Income Poverty Guidelines. Children from households certified to receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and/or income eligible Medicaid are eligible for free benefits without providing income information to the facility administering the program. Foster children, homeless, migrant or runaway children, and/or children in Head Start programs are also eligible for free benefits without providing income information to the facility administering the program..

Nonpublic schools must provide proof of their federal tax exempt status by providing a current tax exempt letter from the federal IRS. Costs will be determined in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Sponsor applies annually through IWAS, using the web-based Illinois Nutrition System (WINS). If application is complete, including agreement to policy statement and permanent agreement, and remain in good standing through reviews, no further processing or review of application is needed.
Assistance Consideration
Statutory Formula: The funding formula for the general cash for food assistance phase of this program is set forth in Section 4 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1753; the formula for special cash assistance is described in Section 11 of the Act, 42 U.S.C.1759a. This program is funded on a performance basis. For every lunch served during the applicable fiscal year, ISBE receives a payment from funds made available under Section 4. In addition, ISBE receives a payment from Section 11 funds for each lunch served to a child eligible for free or reduced price lunches. The amounts of such per lunch payments are determined by National Average Payment (NAP) factors. The amount due ISBE under this program is obtained by: 1) multiplying the total number of eligible paid lunches and free and reduced-price lunches served during the fiscal year by the Section 4 NAP factor for lunches; 2) multiplying the number of free lunches served by the Section 11 NAP factor for free lunches; 3) multiplying the number of lunches served at reduced price by the Section 11 NAP factor for reduced-price lunches; 4) multiplying the total number of lunches served during the fiscal year in School Food Authorities (SFAs) that served 60 percent or more free or reduced-price lunches in the second preceding school year by $ .02; and 5) adding together the four products obtained thereby. The NAP factors are prescribed by the Secretary of Agriculture in accordance with Sections 4 and 11, respectively, of the Act; the numbers of lunches are obtained from programmatic reports submitted to FNS. In addition to the NAP factors, lunches certified as meeting updated meal patterns and nutrition standards receive an additional 6 cents in reimbursement. The funding formula for snacks in after-school care programs is described in Section 17A of the Act, 42, U.S.C. 1766a. Section 11(a)(3) of the Act requires that the NAP factors be adjusted annually, according to changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers; the source is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each state must appropriate from state revenues and use, for program purposes, an amount equal to 30 percent of the Section 4 funds made available to the state in the 1980-81 school year. Also, commodity schools are eligible to receive donated commodities equal in value to the sum of Section 6 and Section 4 assistance rates, except that up to 5 cents of this amount may be received in cash for processing and handling commodities. In addition, commodity schools are eligible for Section 11 free and reduced-price meal reimbursements.

This program has no matching requirements.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program Operations Report (FNS-10) due 30 and 90 days after the end of each month. Financial Status Reports (FNS-77 or FNS-425) due quarterly. Programs reviewed once every three years. Documentation related to the school-based child nutrition program must be maintained on file at the site or the SFA office for the current year, plus three years prior. In the case of an audit or investigation which extends beyond the three years plus current year, documents must be kept until the audit or investigation is completed. Documentation refers to any materials related to certification, verification, benefit issuance and claiming, including but not limited to, Household Eligibility Applications, verification letters to families, verification documents received from families, submitted menus, production records, and procurement.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $246,121,750
FY 2018 : $246,121,750
FY 2019 : $411,556,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
15016299025-4210(00)City of Chicago SD 29909/01/201909/30/202030,175,647
04101205025-4210(00)Rockford SD 20509/01/201909/30/20203,589,255
31045046022-4210(00)SD U-4609/01/201909/30/20203,063,824
34049060026-4210(00)Waukegan CUSD 6009/01/201909/30/20202,031,846
15016001P00-4210(00)Archdiocese of Chicago09/01/201909/30/20201,946,887