National School Lunch / Breakfast Programs

The NSLP provides cash reimbursement and commodity foods for meals served in non-profit food services in elementary and secondary schools, and in residential child care institutions.

School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides cash reimbursement to schools for meals served, much the same as the School Lunch Program. Children eligible to receive a lunch at free or reduced price are also eligible to receive breakfast at the same rate.

iCAN Website
iCAN Webinar for NSLP/SBP
iCAN Manual for NSLP/SBP
New iCAN User request form

CEP Agreements SY 15-16
USDA CEP Information FRAC CEP Information
CEP Information Slides 2014 CEP Site Report
USDA Memo SP21-2014 v2 (7/25/14) 2014 CEP Agency Report

Community eligibility is the newest opportunity for schools with high percentages of low-income children to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. It increases participation by children in the school meal programs, reduces labor costs for schools, and increases federal revenues. In short, it allows for a healthier student body and a healthier school meal budget.

Only school sites that offer both School Breakfast and School Lunch can participate in Community Eligibility.

Additional information is also on the USDA website and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) website.
Numbered Memos are available for reference.

Cover letter Agreement Parts 4, 5, 6
Applications for the School Nutrition Programs are now completed through the iCAN system. Log into the iCAN system found at Contact the CANS office at (605) 773-3413 or to establish a sponsor profile or obtain a user id.

Due Dates and Instructions
NSLP Claim Form
Note: The Menu Certification six cent payment is not included in the reimbursement rate on the claim form. You do not need to submit a claim for the Menu Cert payment. DOE Finance staff will automatically calculate the six cent payment which is paid separate from the monthly claim payment. To calculate the six cent reimbursement for a given month, multiply the number of lunch meals claims time six cents.

Paid Lunch Equity
PLE Request Form 2014-15 PLE Webinar
PLE Memo 28-2014 PLE Exempt Request 2014
PLE Tool SY15-16
Oct. Site Survey Nonprogram Food Revenue Tool
Food Safety SOP's Verification Form 742
Severe Need Breakfast - Forms Severe Need Breakfast-Eligibility Instructions
Food Service Management Co:
FSMC information FSMC RFP FSMC contact list
FSMC Renewal FSMC Contract webinar USDA FSMC Guidance
Menu Planning: References, Worksheets, and Production Records:
Meal Pattern Requirements Lunch Production Record
Short & Long Week Meal Requirements Breakfast/Snack Production Record
PreK Lunch Pattern Requirements PreK Lunch & Breakfast
PreK Breakfast Pattern Requirements Multi-Day Food Bar Form
Vegetable Subgroups List Single-Day Food Bar Form
Implementation Timeline 4 Day Worksheet
New Grain Bread Chart 4 Day Multiple Entree
Common Whole Grains 5 Day Worksheet
Pasta Exemption Request 5 Day Multiple Entree
6 Day Worksheet
7 Day Worksheet
Multi-Day Food Bar Example
Single-Day Food Bar Example
Colony School
Community Support Providers
Afterschool Snacks
Afterschool Snack Brochure Afterschool Snack meal pattern Snack Ideas

Breakfast - Offer vs Serve 9/2013 - 7 Minutes Paid Lunch Equity Tool SY 2014-15 - 27 Slides Only
Breakfast Requirements 6/2014 – 26 Minutes Paid Lunch Equity Tool SY 2014-15 - 7 Slide Transcript
Lunch Requirements 9/2013 - 28 Minutes Oct. Survey 10/2013 - 12 Minutes
NonProgram Food Revenue Tool June 2014 – 14 minutes USDA Whole Grain Resource SY 2013-14 - 30 Minutes
Oct. Survey 10/2013 - 11 Slides only
Production Records Part 1 9/2013 - 39 Minutes Production Records Part 2 9/2013 - 25 Minutes

USDA Guidance:
Guidance for Accepting Processed Product Documentation
Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement
Administrative Review:
SY 14-15 Administrative Review List SY14–15 Administrative Review Manual
SY 14-15 Off-Site Assessment Tool SY 14-15 Off-Site Tool Instructions
SY 14-15 Off-Site Tool Helpful Hints & Glossary SY 14-15 CANS Summary and Self Evaluation Checklist

Useful Links:
Verification Process Slides iMATCH/PrimeroEdge
iMATCH Q&A v3 Numbered Memos
Menu Certification Tools Free and Reduced Price Applications – Multiple Languages
Wellness Policy Wellness Policy webinar 3-2014


For information about the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) including Afterschool Snacks, or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) contact the CANS office at (605) 773-3413 or email your questions to