NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect until at least April 20, 2020.
Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

School Nutrition Programs

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  • Afterschool Snack Program (ASP)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's ASP operates under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). It provides cash reimbursement to help schools serve nutritious snacks to children in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well-being of children and youth in Connecticut’s communities.

  • Food Distribution Program (USDA Foods)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Distribution Program coordinates the distribution of USDA Foods to many of the public and private schools that provide meals to students through the USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's FFVP provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day.

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's NSLP provides nutritious lunches to students in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.

  • Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals

  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's SBP provides nutritious breakfasts to students in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.

  • School Nutrition Programs

    Information and guidance on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Snack Program (ASP), Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), Special Milk Program (SMP), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the NSLP.

  • Special Milk Program (SMP)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's SMP provides low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk to children in public and private nonprofit schools and child care institutions that do not participate in other USDA Child Nutrition Programs.