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Montana School Breakfast and Lunch Program Benefits

Program Description

The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation's children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for these programs, you must be a resident of the state of Montana and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,775
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951
8 $75,647

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child's school. A listing of your state's schools can be found on the Directory of Montana School page.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program. For further information on school meals, see the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) website.

Program Contact Information

For more information regarding the Montana School Nutrition Programs on the web, please visit: or by phone at 406 444-2501.

You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program. A listing of Montana's schools can be found here:
If you have further questions on these programs, call the Montana Office of Public Instruction at: 406-444-2501