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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

National School Lunch, Breakfast, Special Milk, After School Snack Reimbursement for Fiscal Year-FY 2011

To:Superintendents of Public Schools, Administrators of Private Schools, Residential Child Care Institutions and School Nutrition Directors
From:Kathleen C. Millett
Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety Programs
Date:July 26, 2010


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the reimbursement rates for School Food Service Programs effective July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. Federal reimbursement for free and reduced price lunches has increased. The state share is based on a state matching funds formula established at the federal level. Based on the funds available, the state lunch rate share will remain at $ 0.0525 per meal.

National School LunchState ShareFederal ShareTotal
Paid Lunch$ .0525+$ .26$ .3125
Reduced Price Lunch .0525+ .26 + 2.06 2.3725
Free Lunch .0525+ .26 + 2.46 2.7725

School systems in which 60% or more of the lunches served in 2007-2008 were free or reduced price will receive an additional 2 cents per lunch for all reimbursable lunches. The maximum charge for a reduced price lunch is 40 cents.

School BreakfastFederal Non- Severe ReimbursementFederal Severe Need Reimbursement
Paid Breakfast$ .26$ .26
Reduced Price Breakfast 1.18 1.46
Free Breakfast 1.48 1.76

The maximum charge for a reduced price breakfast is 30 cents. A "severe need breakfast school" is one in which 40% of lunches served in 2008-2009 were free or reduced price lunch meals. As a result of the reauthorization of Child Nutrition Programs (Public Law 108-265), severe need breakfast schools do not need to submit cost documentation to receive the federal severe need breakfast reimbursement. Schools required to offer breakfast under state law will be eligible for up to $0.14 for breakfast costs that exceed Federal Severe Need Reimbursement. These state-mandated schools must provide documentation of costs to receive this additional state reimbursement.

Special Milk reimbursement is $0.1775 per half pint. Special milk recipients do not participate in other child nutrition programs. Pricing programs with the free milk option receive the average cost per pint for eligible students.

After School Snack Reimbursement (All "At Risk" snacks are reimbursed at the Free Rate of $0.74.)

Paid Snack$ .06
Reduced Price Snack$ .37
Free Snack$ .74

Meal Pricing Guidelines. In pricing paid student meals, charges should not exceed the actual cost of preparing the meals less the federal and state reimbursement rounded off to the next highest multiple of 5 cents. Adult meal charges must be priced to at least cover the actual cost of preparing and serving the meal. In addition, adults must be charged the state meals tax.

The commodity assistance level is at $0.2025 per lunch served for 2010-2011.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Child Nutrition Programs. If you have any questions, please contact the School Nutrition Programs Section at (781) 338-6498. Best wishes for a successful school year.

Last Updated: July 28, 2010
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