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The programs within the School Nutrition Programs are the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the After-school Snack Program, and the Special Milk Program. These programs are available to eligible public and non-profit private schools and child care institutions on request. By participating in these programs, each school or institution that serves a lunch or milk complying with the requirements can receive financial assistance.

Important information for public and non public schools and residential institutions wanting to participate in the School Nutrition Program (SNP)

The NJ Department of Agriculture, School Nutrition Programs will accept applications to participate in the school meal programs two times each calendar year (currently the months to begin serving meals are October and March).

Deadlines: In order to receive federal and State funds to subsidize the student meals (reimbursement) the School Nutrition Programs office must be contacted at 609-984-0692 as early as possible but no later than June 15 for reimbursement to begin in October and by November 15 for reimbursement to begin in March.

Mandatory Training: All potential sponsors wishing to participate in the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and /or After School Snack Programs must attend 2 School Nutrition Program training sessions. To begin receiving reimbursement in October the trainings will be in August and to begin receiving reimbursement in March the trainings will be in January.

NOTE: Attending the training sessions and submission and approval of the School Nutrition Program Application Agreement does not guarantee receipt of reimbursement. A successful technical assistance review conducted the month after service has begun will determine the actual start date for receipt of reimbursement funds.
Eat Right, Move More Program

The Eat Right, Move More Program, a partnership between the New York Jets football team, the Department of Agriculture and the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign, encourages New Jersey school children to take advantage of healthy foods in their school cafeterias and become more active.  Part of this program is a contest for schools who are excelling in their nutrition programs.  This contest is open to all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

Click here for the 2014-2015 Eat Right, Move More Application Packet. 
Contact Information

Click here to view a School Nutrition Programs staff directory, for more information.