The Food Services Division, Café LA, operates the official Meal Program for the LAUSD providing nutritious meals to students by offering healthy choices to fuel their learning and education. The Meal Program operates under the regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Education (CDE). The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was created in 1946 as a federal measure to prevent malnutrition by providing nutritious lunches to school-aged children. USDA research shows that children who participate in the school lunch program have superior nutritional intake compared to those who do not. This intake helps to improve students’ wellness.