Note: These students must be correctly listed as eligible for reduced-price school meals. These meals must be correctly claimed as reduced-price meals.
Note: These kindergarten students must be correctly listed as eligible for paid school meals. These breakfasts must be correctly claimed as paid breakfasts.
Paid lunches: School food authorities are required each year to evaluate their paid lunch prices for students and determine how much, if any, prices must be increased for the next school year. The guidelines for evaluating student lunch prices are provided in the annually updated Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) spreadsheet and related documents. PLE documents are available on the SNP Financial Management page of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website.
Paid breakfasts: School food authorities should annually review whether paid breakfast prices need to be increased to meet breakfast costs. “Paid lunch equity” calculations do not apply to school breakfast.
School Nutrition Programs funds may not subsidize meals served to adults or other non-program meals such as second meals. The meal price must be set high enough so that the cost of the meal is fully paid by the customer. (Meals may be provided at no charge only to “program” adults, as defined in Prohibition on Subsidizing Meals for Non-Program Adults on the SNP Financial Management page of the MDE website.)
The minimum meal prices for adults are revised each year, based on the current reimbursement rates for free meals served to students, including the value of U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods, rounded up to the nearest five cents.
Minimum Adult Prices for School Year 2014-15