USDA Releases Paid Lunch Price Data

The US Department of Agriculture recently released paid lunch price data for School Year 2011 – 2012.  School Food Authorities reported their most frequently charged prices for elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels.  The data is available in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet at this link.

SNA members are encouraged to use this data to demonstrate the significant number of school districts impacted by Section 205, the paid meal equity provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  SNA is calling on Congress to support H.R. 1303, the School Nutrition Flexibility Act, which would amend Section 205 to apply only to those School Food Authorities that have a negative fund balance at the end of the previous school year.  H.R. 1303 would also permanently eliminate the new meal pattern’s grain/protein maximums. 

The Association continues to urge all members to contact their Senators and Members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1303 and the Senate companion bill, S. 427.  If you have not already done so, please click here for SNA’s action alert.

USDA’s memo regarding the paid lunch price data release can be found at this link.

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