School Lunch Program

Contact: Marcella Miller

Child Hunger Prevention Manager

Email, (503) 595-5501, ext. 307

About the Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritious food to school-aged children and supports manageable food prices by channeling farm surpluses into the school food system. The program is administered at the federal level by the USDA and at the state level by the Oregon Department of Education.

The SLP benefits school-aged children by providing a nutritionally balanced lunch which can help improve academic performance and concentration. Schools are reimbursed for all meals.

Start a Program: Contact Heidi Dupuis, Oregon Department of Education, or read our Fact Sheet.

Apply for free or reduced price meals: Families can now complete an online application. Paper applications are also available at schools.

What We Do


Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon works with the Oregon Department of Education and other community partners to publicize the School Lunch Program and support schools who participate by identifying and promoting best practices.


We identify opportunities for School Lunch improvement through our work with providers here in Oregon, and monitoring the efforts of other states. We advocate for these improvements through state and federal policy change.