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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools

FROM:           Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:            June 2, 2006

RE:                 Maximum Student Lunch Rates for School Year 2006-2007

** Please forward to Assistant Superintendents, Principals and Food Service Personnel **

The Maine School Superintendents Association (MSSA) School Nutrition Program Committee members and Department of Education staff met on May 22, 2006 to review and set the maximum price to charge students for full-pay lunches.  The maximum student price for lunch was increased to:

                                    $1.75    Elementary Students, Grades K-8
                                    $2.25    Secondary Students, Grades 9-12

School districts should determine the price based on district and parent financial abilities. It is not necessary for school districts to charge the maximum rate.  However, in order to exceed the maximum prices, school districts must submit a yearly Criteria For Evaluating Student Price Waivers form.  This form is available at:  For further information contact Walter Beesley, Child Nutrition Services, Maine Department of Education, Augusta, ME  04333, telephone 624-6842 or 624-6843 or e-mail

The maximum reduced rate for lunch remains at $.40, as set by the Federal Government.

The full-pay rate for student breakfast has no maximum amount.  This is determined locally, based on cost and the amount families can afford.

The adult price has no maximum rate, but does have a minimum rate which is equal to the school district’s per meal cost plus the value of commodities ($.1725) per meal.