Equity in School Lunch Pricing for the 2012-2013 School Year- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

Equity in School Lunch Pricing for the 2012-2013 School Year

To:Superintendents of Public Schools, Administrators of Private Schools, Residential Child Care Institutions and School Nutrition Directors
From:Kathleen C. Millett
Executive Director
Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety Programs
Date:April 23, 2012

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This memorandum provides information related to section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296). This provision, effective July 1, 2011, requires School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure that sufficient funds are provided to the non-profit school food service account for lunches served to students that are not eligible for free or reduced price lunches (i.e., paid lunches). USDA has identified two different ways to meet this requirement: either through the prices charged for "paid" meals or through other non-Federal sources provided to the nonprofit school food service account.

Annually, SFA's must review their paid lunch revenue to assure compliance with the paid lunch equity requirement. When the average paid lunch price is less than the difference between the free and paid Federal reimbursement rates, the SFA must determine how they will meet the requirement-by increasing their average paid lunch price or providing funds from non-Federal sources.

Attached are two USDA guidance memos detailing all Paid Lunch Equity requirements, along with a USDA developed Paid Lunch Equity Tool in an Excel format, that will aid each SFA in the actual calculations required to help make the pricing determinations for the 2012-2013 school year.

These documents and Excel tool are posted in the Document Library on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Security Portal. Please direct your questions to the Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety Programs at (781) 338-6494.

Attachments
Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2012-2013 Calculations
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2012/SP15-2012os.pdf

Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2012-2013 Calculations and Tool
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2012/SP22-2012os.pdf





Last Updated: May 4, 2012



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