National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

The National School Lunch Program, abbreviated NSLP, is a federally assisted meal program that Pennridge participates in. This program assists a large number of both public and non-profit private schools by allowing students to receive nutritious meals free or at a reduced price. All meals served meet patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The NSLP requires that school lunches meet 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) of calories, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, and Calcium. Breakfast must meet 1/4 of these requirements.

Understanding the School Lunch Program As the USDA has released guidelines for healthy school lunches, these new standards will increase fruit and vegetable offerings.  Students are now required to have a minimum of ½ cup of fruits or vegetables on the lunch tray. Milk is low-fat and fat free, introduce more whole grains, establish minimum and maximum calorie levels for meals , set  minimum and maximums on grains and proteins, and begin to reduce sodium. Many of these changes have already taken place at our schools.  Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are available every day with every lunch. The bread, rolls, as well as many pastas are at least 51% whole grain. Milk is only 1% low-fat and fat free. The new program also requires the school to offer a different type or sub-group of vegetable each day.

Calories:                              Min                        Max                       Grains: Min                        Max

Grades K-5                          550                         650                                       1oz daily               9ozweekly

Grades 6-8                          600                         700                                       1oz daily               10ozweekly

Grades 9-12                        750                         850                                       2oz daily               12ozweekly

Protein:                               Min                        Max                                       Fruits

Grades K-8                          1oz daily               10oz weekly                       2.5cups fruit

Grades 9-12                        2oz daily               12oz weekly                       5 cups fruit

Weekly vegetable sub-group  offered ( minimum)  requirements:

Once a week (red/orange)                  Sweet Potatoes, Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard  Squash, Carrots, red Peppers, Pumpkin, Tomatoes

Once a week(dark green)                   Broccoli, Spinach, Romaine, Kale, Bok Choy, Dark Green Leafy Lettuce.

Once a week(beans)                           Hummus, chick peas, split peas, soy, pinto, navy, black, white, black-eyed,  kidney beans

Once a week(starchy)                         Corn, green peas, white potatoes, water chestnuts

Once a week(other)                            Beets, Asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green beans, eggplant, iceberg lettuce, zucchini, wax beans, turnips, okra, mushrooms, brussels sprouts

Weekly Vegetable   minimum requirement of offered amounts:

Grades K-8    3.75 cups of vegetables      Grades 9-12    5 cups of vegetables

All students are required to take a minimum of a 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable each day

**A la carte pricing will be charged if student doesn't take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable**


To learn more about the NSLP, visit
If you currently receive food stamps or TANF (formally AFDC), your child will qualify for free meals. Foster children may also receive free or reduced price meals regardless of your income.  The reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.
To receive free or reduced meals for your child, you must complete a Household Application and return it to the school. Eligibility is based on household income. Please be sure that your application is completely filled out, as we cannot approve any application that is not complete. 
A new application must be completed each year.  We must have a new application on file by October 10, 2014 or your child will no longer receive free or reduced meals.
If your child has been determined by a physician to be disabled and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make any substitution prescribed by the physician. There is no extra charge for meal substitution.

How to Apply:
Applications are available through the office of your child's school, Nutritional Services Department, or by downloading the application below. You may apply online at

If you now receive Food Stamps or TANF Cash Assistance for the child for whom you are applying, the Household Application must have the child's name, a Food Stamp or TANF Case Number and the signature of an adult household member.

If you are applying for a foster child, the Household Application must have the child's name, the child's "personal use" income and an adult signature.

If you do not list a Food Stamp or TANF Case Number for each child listed in Part of the Household Application, then the Household Application must have the names of the children, the names of all household members, the amount of income each person received last month and the income source, the signature of an adult household member and that adult's social security number or the word "none" if the adult does not have a social security number.
Income Guidelines:
Your children may qualify for reduced price or free meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart:

Income Chart 2014-2015

Household Size

Annual ($)

Monthly ($)

Weekly ($)

































For each additional
member add:

+ $7,511

+ $626

+ $145

Verification: Your eligibility may be checked at any time during the school year.  School officials may ask you to send documentation that your child is eligible to receive free or reduced price meals.

Fair Hearing: You may talk to school officials if you do not agree with the school's decision on your Household Application or the results of verification. You may also ask for a fair hearing.
You may do this by calling to writing to:

Mr. Ray Scarpantonio
Human Resources
1200 N. Fifth St.
Perkasie, PA 18944
(215) 453-2368

Reporting Changes: If your child receives free or reduced price meals because of your income, you must tell the school if your household size decreases or your income increases by more than $50 per month or $600 per year. If your child receives meals because you receive Food Stamps or TANF benefits, you must tell the school if these benefits are discontinued. You may complete another Household Application giving income information.

Confidentiality: School officials will use the information on the Household Application to decide if your child is eligible to receive free or reduced price meals. The eligibility status of your child may be given to local Title I officials for allocation and evaluation purposes.

Reapplication: You may apply for this program anytime during the school year. If you are not presently eligible but have a change during this school year such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, unemployment, or receiving Food Stamps or TANF benefits for your child, you may complete a Household Application at that time.

You will be notified if your Household Application is approved or denied.

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