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Colorado School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Colorado > Colorado School Breakfast and Lunch Program


Program Description:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the oldest and largest of the Child Nutrition Programs, celebrating 50 years in 1996. It is a Federally assisted meal program that provides balanced, low-cost or free lunches to thousands of children in Colorado each day.

Since 1946, the National School Lunch Program has made it possible for schools to serve appealing lunches designed to meet the needs of children. In recent years, concerns have emerged regarding the overall nutritional content of school meals. These concerns address findings that the diet of Americans has changed from being low in nutrients and adequate in calories to containing an overabundance of calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. At the same time, Americans eat too few grains, fruits, and vegetables. A good diet can help to reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases and promote good health and well-being.

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides a nutritious morning meal. This program is recognized as one of the most beneficial of the Federal nutrition programs. It meets a vital need of feeding thousands of children in Colorado, who otherwise may not eat a nutritious breakfast. Participation in the program has been shown to improve learning and test performance. Specific "meal patterns" are required in the SBP, and schools that participate in the SBP receive funding assistance similar to the National School Lunch Program.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Colorado and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under). Those who qualify must also have an annual household income before taxes that must not exceed $26,955 if two people live in the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; and $68,469 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child's school. A listing of your state's schools can be found here by clicking on "School Districts/Buildings and Personnel":


Program Contact Information:

To learn more about Child Nutrition Programs in Colorado, please visit:

For additional information, please call toll-free at:

Or send an e-mail to:


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