Trinidad School District is committed to providing nutritious meals to our students. In order to best serve our student population, Trinidad School District participates in the following nutrition programs provided by the state of Colorado.
National School Lunch
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the oldest and largest of the Child Nutrition Programs, celebrating 50 years in 1996. It is a federally assisted meal program that provides balanced, low-cost or free lunches to thousands of children in Colorado each day.
Since 1946, the National School Lunch Program has made it possible for schools to serve appealing lunches designed to meet the needs of children. The USDA School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children underscores our national responsibility to provide healthy school meals that are consistent with the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
School Breakfast Program
School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides a nutritious morning meal. This program is recognized as one of the most beneficial of the federal nutrition programs. It meets a vital need of feeding thousands of children in Colorado, who otherwise may not eat a nutritious breakfast. Participation in the program has been shown to improve learning and test performance. Specific “meal patterns” are required in the SBP, and schools that participate in the SBP receive funding assistance similar to the National School Lunch Program.
Applications for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program are available at the front office of each school.
Afterschool Care Snack Program
The intent of the Afterschool Care Snack Program is to assist schools that operate organized programs of care, which include education and enrichment activities known to help reduce or prevent children’s involvement in juvenile crime or other high risk behavior, by providing snacks. Eligible programs serving snacks to children that meet USDA requirements may be claimed for reimbursement.
Summer Food Program
The Summer Food Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger during the summer or other continuous school calendar vacation programs. Free meals are provided to all children at approved SFSP sited in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.
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