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National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

Federally funded programs that provide meal reimbursement to public and nonpublic schools and Residential Child Care Institutions. These Programs provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost lunches and breakfasts to children each school day. The funds provided for these Programs are from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and are administered in Iowa through the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services in the Department of Education.

Iowa School Nutrition Fact Sheet - Provides an overview of School Nutrition Programs in Iowa including the benefits, how to build a reimbursable lunch, participation data, and reimbursement information.

Assigned Consultants 

Consultant assignments for Child Nutrition Programs in schools:

Student Meal Debt 

In 2018, the Iowa Legislature passed and the Governor signed into legislation HF2467 addressing student meal debt, reference Iowa Code 283A.11 for detail. The following documents provide guidance and answers pertaining to the legislation:

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USDA Waiver Requests - Public Notification

The Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services is seeking the following waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.

Submitted USDA Waiver Requests

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

See the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

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