Child Nutrition Center
Federal Child Nutrition Programs
National School Lunch Program President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) into law in 1946 as a measure of National Security. He did so after reading a study that revealed many young men were rejected from the World War II draft due medical conditions caused by childhood malnutrition. Since that time the National School Lunch Program has made over 180 million free or reduced price lunches available to children attending public and private schools and childcare institutions. The NSLP works through federal reimbursments paid to schools serving free or reduce priced lunches. Lunches served as a part of the National School Lunch Program must meet USDA meal guidelines. Every day, over 300,000 children eat a school lunch in Connecticut.
School Breakfast Program The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally funded meals program that started in 1966. The SBP provides nutritious breakfasts to students and gets them ready to learn. As with the case with school lunches, children are eligible for free, reduced, or fully-paid breakfasts based in their families' incomes. Unfortunately, Connecticut is last in the nation for the number of schools offering school breakfast and only 39.1% of low-income students are eating breakfast at school.
Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) WIC is a federally funded nutrition program that helps low-income pregnant women, new mothers and children age 5 and under stay healthy and eat well. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and access to health care. Connecticut has seen a steady increase in those using the WIC program-more than 60,000 women, infants, and children in CT use WIC.