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Food and Nutrition

Everyday over one million children and students receive nutritious meals through the federal School Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

Adequate and proper nutrition is an essential component to the learning environment and positively contributes to the health of each student. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all children and students have access to healthy meals through the federal Child Nutrition Programs because healthy students are better prepared to learn! 

Division of Food and Nutrition Contact Information:
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management
Division of Food and Nutrition
333 Market Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126
717-787-7698 or Toll Free: 800 - 331-0129

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1)       mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3)        email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Act 55 of 2017

Effective December 6, 2017, Section 1337 of the Pennsylvania School Code was amended to include provisions regarding providing a meal to students with insufficient funds and the necessary communication to parents or guardians. View answers to frequently asked questions (PDF) associated with the changes that were made to the Pennsylvania Public School Code.