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The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted school meal program. Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, the program will continue to provide nutritionally-balanced school meals (one complete breakfast and one complete lunch) at no charge to children enrolled within the Racine Unified School District, every school day.

NSLP works to offer healthy, balanced school meals to students. According to RUSD, they will receive reimbursement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the qualifying meals served. To note, incomplete school meals are not reimbursable to RUSD and are considered a la carte meals.  

What’s a balanced school meal?

During the school year, it is important for students to choose a balanced meal to meet their nutritional needs. A lunch that qualifies as a balanced meal contains the following:

  • Meat or Meat Alternative
  • Grains / Bread
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Fat-Free or 1% Milk

According to RUSD, students must take 3 of the 5 listed components listed above, including at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable to qualify. If the student chooses a balanced meal, it qualifies for the free lunch program, and they will not be charged. However, if students choose additional items or a meal that doesn’t contain the necessary items to qualify as a balanced meal, then they will be charged “a la carte,” or per item.

Reminders for parents

A lot of time passes between lunchtime and when your child gets home. It is important to remember:



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