School Support (NSLP/SBP)
The National School
Lunch Program (NSLP) was established through Federal legislation in 1946.
Schools in Mississippi have participated in the NSLP since the beginning. The
growth began after 1966, when the Child Nutrition Act became law. This
legislation provided funding for needy children’s meals, guidelines for
identifying the need, and a pilot breakfast program. The funding through the
1970s was more than adequate to cover costs of operating the program. Many
school districts accumulated healthy fund balances during these years. In 1981
the first major budget cut occurred. Since then, the paid student’s Federal
reimbursement rates, which usually increased annually, have been frozen and the
value of available USDA commodities has decreased. To participate in the NSLP,
a site must be recognized as an accredited school by the Mississippi Department
of Education or operate as a licensed Residential
Child Care Institution (RCCI).
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides cash assistance to states to operate non-profit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The Food and Nutrition service administers the SBP at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the SBP at the state level, and local school food authorities operate the Program in schools.