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Meal Deal

National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program created to offer healthy, balanced meals to students. Participating school districts receive reimbursement and donated food items from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for every qualifying meal served. Eligible families may qualify for a free or reduced meal rate.

What is included in a qualifying lunch?
Arbor Management’s “Meal Deal” is a complete meal offered to all students. The Meal Deal qualifies as a reimbursable meal. 

A Meal Deal includes:

  1. Meat or Meat Alternative
  2. Grains / Bread
  3. Vegetables
  4. Fruit
  5. Fat-Free or 1% Milk

Students must take 3-5 of the components or servings listed above and must include at least ½ cup fruit or vegetable to qualify as a Meal Deal.

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Meal Deal vs. A La Carte

If your student purchases a "Meal Deal," he/she will only be charged the meal price set by the District. Students who select additional items or a meal that does not qualify as a Meal Deal will be charged "a la carte" or per item.


School Breakfast Program

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If your school offers breakfast and you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you also qualify for free or reduced breakfast. Breakfast is a great opportunity to refuel and start the day. Students who eat breakfast score higher on exams, display more creativity, are sick less often and perform better in sports!