School-based Medicaid


Child Nutrition

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including:

Administered by state agencies, each of these child nutrition programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children. In the state of Louisiana, child nutrition programs are administered through the Louisiana Department of Education.

View information on Louisiana’s child nutrition programs and how to apply to participate

In addition to the Child Nutrition Programs, the USDA requires districts and schools to comply with Smart Snacks in Schools which ensures snacks and beverages that are being sold and served outside of the meal programs meet certain nutritional guidelines.

Additional child nutrition program resources, including details on Smart Snacks in Schools may be accessed at Louisiana Fit Kids developed through a partnership between the LDOE and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

As a reminder, all food service facilities in Louisiana must be inspected and receive a permit to operate through the Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals prior to beginning service. To request an inspection to receive a permit to operate a food service operation or to report any food service/health related concerns, contact the DHH Sanitarian’s Office.

Louisiana Team Nutrition

The Louisiana Department of Education and Well-Ahead Louisiana have teamed up to support healthier schools with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition Training Grant.

The three-year grant (2017-2020) will allow the Louisiana Department of Education and Well-Ahead Louisiana to support healthier school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity through resources, funding and professional development to schools.