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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Apply to Serve School Meals

How To Apply

To apply for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) there are four steps that must be followed. Because potential sponsors must work with agencies outside of our division to meet these requirements, we suggest you begin immediately.

Step 1: Identify type of school below for the corresponding list of items needed:

Charter schools must have the following to be approved as a sponsor.  

  1. SAM/DUNS Registration [ Microsoft Word Document 304.91 KB ]
  2. Online Substitute Form W9 - Vendor Registration [ Microsoft Word Document 61.53 KB ]
  3. MyFloridaMarketPlace [ Microsoft Word Document 62.83 KB ]
  4. Copy of signed charter school agreement between the charter school and the school district
  5. School must be registered with the Florida Department of Education
  6. Department of Health Food Operating Permit - Please contact your local health department

Private nonprofit schools must have the following to be approved as a sponsor.  

  1. SAM/DUNS Registration [ Microsoft Word Document 304.91 KB ]
  2. Online Substitute Form W9 - Vendor Registration [ Microsoft Word Document 61.53 KB ]
  3. MyFloridaMarketPlace [ Microsoft Word Document 62.83 KB ]
  4. IRS Letter of Tax Exemption - 501(c)(3)   https://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Application-for-Recognition-of-Exemption
  5. School must be registered with the Florida Department of Education
  6. Department of Health Food Operating Permit - Please contact your local health department

Residential child care institutions must have the following to be approved as a sponsor.

  1. SAM/DUNS Registration [ Microsoft Word Document 304.91 KB ]
  2. Online Substitute Form W9 - Vendor Registration [ Microsoft Word Document 61.53 KB ]
  3. MyFloridaMarketPlace [ Microsoft Word Document 62.83 KB ]
  4. IRS Letter of Tax Exemption - 501(c)(3)   https://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Application-for-Recognition-of-Exemption
  5. Department of Health Food Operating Permit - Please contact your local health department

Step 2: Complete prospective sponsor information form and email

  1. Complete this form. Prospective Sponsor form [ Microsoft Word Document 113.00 KB ]
  2. Once completed email to NSLProspectiveSponsor@FreshFromFlorida.com.

Step 3: Prospective sponsors of the NSLP and SBP must register and attend an NSLP in-person training, as well as an NSLP Web training.

The Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness provides training on the federal regulations and requirements necessary for successful operation of the child nutrition programs.

The NSLP Sponsor Training is a series of online training courses designed specifically for the Administrative/Food Service Director and Operational/Cafeteria Management staff who will be responsible for implementing the NSLP. Both administrative and operational staff members are strongly encouraged to complete the training courses. This training is required for schools and residential child care institutions that are interested in participating in the NSLP, SBP and Afterschool Snack programs.

Prospective sponsors can register for the online training courses at  www.FreshForFloridaKidsTraining.com.

Step 4:  After attending training, prospective sponsors must complete the required forms and submit an online application for the NSLP.

  1. Submit the required documents for review, which are located at https://fans.freshfromflorida.com.
  2. Once your required documents have been submitted and approved, an onsite preoperational visit will be set up with your Program Development Specialist.
  3. Complete the online child nutrition program module.
  4. Once your online application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an approval confirmation from your Program Development Specialist.
  5. After receiving the approval confirmation, you may begin claiming reimbursable meals served to students.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at NSLPProspectiveSponsor@FreshFromFlorida.com.