SNA Updated State Meal Mandates and Reimbursement Rates Summary Available

2017-06-15

SNA has updated its State Meal Mandates and Reimbursement Rates Summary annual report for School Year 2016-17, which is a comprehensive summary of each state’s mandates and financial support accompanied with a comprehensive reference table.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of the school nutrition programs is to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to children each school day. Each year, the USDA sets rates to cover the cost of free and reduced meals, as well as partial support for paid meals.

In addition, each state is also required to provide a certain matching amount based on a rate set in the 1980’s. Many states provide additional reimbursement on top of the matching requirement, which can range from per meal reimbursements, to salary support, to general funds which assist with program operations. It is up to each state if participation in these programs is optional or mandated, and there is variability among states. SNA government affairs staff collected the updated information from state agencies across the country.

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