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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Child Nutrition Unit

The Arkansas Department of Education Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) administers the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Afterschool Snack Program, the Seamless Summer Program and the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grants in the public schools in Arkansas.

The CNU provides technical assistance, training, monitoring, and processes claims for reimbursement of federal funds used in the operation of local school nutrition programs in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations. 

impact of child nutrition factsFacts About the Impact of Child Nutrition in Arkansas (PDF)

Resources for Child Nutrition Programs During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is presenting challenges for child nutrition programs in Arkansas and across the country. Here are some resources that can help:

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 Information page.

Meal Service Resources

FoodFinder Resource

FoodFinder is a food pantry locator and 501(c)(3) nonprofit that shows you when and where to get free food assistance in your area.  To learn more, visit

Resources From the School Nutrition Association

Resources From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Davidson, Director
Child Nutrition Unit
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
2020 W. 3rd Street, Suite 404
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-324-9502

State Standards

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