National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

In 1946, Congress recognized the need for a permanent program that would provide schools with funding for student lunches. Legislation was implemented as the “National School Lunch Act” and is designed to “encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, by assisting the States, through grants-in aid and other means, in providing an adequate supply of food and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.”

At Café LA, students receive nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches each school day. The meals and services provided by Café LA are an important part of the overall education experience and enhance student’s ability to learn. Children participating in the lunch program learn to make good nutritious choices from the selection of foods offered daily in the cafeteria. Applying these skills to their lives as they grow is an essential key to their good health and success in the future.

Los Angeles Unified School District is a Community Eligibilty Provision (CEP) district and all students receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. Families do not have to submit a meal application to receive meals. 


National School Lunch Program