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 NEW APPLICANTS - Application Process to Participate in These Programs

Thank you for your interest in becoming a sponsor of a school-based child nutrition program! School-based child nutrition programs include the following: National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Afterschool Care Snacks, Special Milk, and Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast.

​Prior to applying to participate in the School Based Child Nutrition Programs, it is recommended that applicants become familiar with the different program requirements, rules, and regulations. Please view all 9 of the New Sponsor Training Modules provided below (it will take approximately 50 minutes to view all 9 modules) and read through the ISBE Administrative Handbook​PDF Document.

After reviewing the above information, complete the New Applicant Form and mail or email it along with the W-9 Form to the address provided on the form. If you are a non-public entity you must also provide a copy of your federal 501(c)(3) letter along with your application materials.  It is recommended that you retain a copy of the forms for your files. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at (800) 545-7892 or cnp@isbe.net​.

New Applicant FormPDF Document

W-9 Form—Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and CertificationPDF Document

School Nutrition Programs Orientation: Visit our List of Events page for the latest dates and locations to register.

ISBE provides additional opportunities for training related to program rules and regulations. Please visit our Resources, Webinars and Workshops page, and click on the National School Lunch Program heading for information.

GATA Information and Instructions​PDF Document​​​​​​

 Training Opportunities

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