SNP Resources

The SNP Resource Hub is designed to provide easy, online access to topics related to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Snack Program, Seamless Summer Program, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. SNP requirements include the administrative review, student eligibility, financial management, meal counting for federal reimbursement, and other operational requirements. The state agency’s administrative review provides a comprehensive evaluation of school meals programs for school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the NSLP and SBP, and includes both critical and general areas of review.

The information listed below serves as an overview of what you can find on each resource page link. We encourage you to use these pages to explore detailed information about the program and other operational requirements.

  • Eligibility Guidance: Information to help state and local educational agencies accurately determine, certify, and verify children’s eligibility for free and reduced price school meals and free milk.
  • Financial Management:  Information on non-program revenue, direct and indirect costs, paid lunch equity, and more.
  • Waivers/Startup Documents: Program agreements, prototypes for letters and applications, waivers, equipment requests, and new SFA approval forms.
  • Listservs: There are three listservs to choose from: the regular listserv is for anyone involved in your district’s program; the SNP supervisors listserv is SNP supervisors only; and the TSNA listserv is for TSNA members only. For more information on how to sign up for a listserv, please visit this page.
  • Program Enrichment: Guidance on the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms and the farm to school program.
  • Meal Counting: Information on meal counting requirements, instructions on how to file a claim, edit check toolkits, and more.
  • Operational Requirements: Information on civil rights, HACCP, wellness policy, professional standards, smart snacks, and special dietary needs.
  • Programs: Production toolkits, meal patterns and components, dietary specifications, and more. 
  • Provisional Feeding: Information on the Community Eligibility Provision; this provision allows for districts to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students in areas with high poverty rates. In an effort to reduce paperwork, congress has incorporated three alternative provisions into the NSLP: Provision 1, Provision 2, and Provision 3. Additional information for each of these programs can be found on this page.
  • Procurement: Resources for procurement, including regulations, plans, and worksheets.

Below, you will find links to additional information from the School Nutrition Association, The Institute of Child Nutrition, and USDA.