Every school nutrition program is different because despite the baseline of federal requirements, each must navigate the state and local policies as well. By providing timely information on current legislation, as well as looking at future trends, SNA gives its membership the tools necessary to advocate for improved policies and regulation.
SNA also regularly provides summary reports on current policies across the United States including mandates for participation in school meal programs, if a state provides an additional funding and the form it takes, and if a state implements additional nutritional standards outside those set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
SNA now provides a quarterly report of state legislation. The report takes a look at the key issues trending across the country and provides the latest updates on the status of each bill.
This report is a summary of key school nutrition state legislation that changed status or was introduced between January 1 and August 20, 2023.
Meal Mandates/Reimbursement Rates
SNA provides a report that is a comprehensive summary of each State’s mandates and financial support with an additional chart for brief reference. Many states provide additional reimbursement on top of the matching requirement, which can range from per meal reimbursements, to salary support, to general funds to assist with program operations. It is up to each state if participation in these programs is optional or mandated.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are Federally funded school nutrition programs under the U.S.…