A New Federal Law Says Schools Lunches Can't Cost Less Than What It Costs To Make Them

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A New Federal Law Says Schools Lunches Can't Cost Less Than What It Costs To Make Them.

Starting July 1st, under section 205 of the Congress approved Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program is required to ensure that schools are providing the same level of support for lunches served to students who are not eligible for free and reduced lunch.

According to school systems, A school food authority that established an average price for a paid lunch in previous school year that was equal to or greater than the difference between the total Federal reimbursement for free lunch and the total reimbursement for paid lunch, the school food authority shall establish an average price for a paid lunch that is not less than the difference between the total Federal reimbursement for a free lunch and the total Federal reimbursement for a paid lunch.

And schools can only increase 10 cents per meal to work toward charging the full cost.

For more information, please call your local school system.

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