July 7, 2008 -- USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has published the reimbursement rates for the 2008-09 school year. The rates are effective as of July 1, 2008.
The basic rate (Section 4 and Section 11 funds) for lunch in the 48 contiguous states is 24¢ - an increase of one cent from last school year. Free lunches will be reimbursed at $2.57 per meal - up from $2.47 last year. Reduced price lunch reimbursement is now $2.17 up from $2.07 last year.
Paid breakfast reimbursement rates went up one cent to 25¢ and free breakfast is now $1.40 while reduced-price breakfast is now $1.10 in non-severe need districts. In severe need districts, free breakfast is now $1.68 and reduced-price breakfast is $1.38. Paid breakfast is reimbursed at $0.25 a meal.
To review the rate charts and notices including new reimbursement rates for Alaska and Hawaii, please see Related Links.