Adults MUST cover the cost of the meal.
WHY DO ADULTS PAY MORE THEN THE STUDENTS?
The program purpose is to serve the students in the country's schools a good balanced meal. When adutls to not cover the cost it becomes a cost to the school district. The per meal cost for all disricts is avaialbe in the reports section of the web pages.
Adult Pricing USDA Instruction
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School Year 2014 Student payment amount
Student maximum paid lunch prices set by Department of Education and the Superintendents Food service Committee is 3.00 this school year. To exceed the 3.00 a yearly student price waiver is required. There is no max for paid breakfast
NO CHARGE for reduced breakfast in public schools
NO CHARGE for reduced breakfast in public schools this year. When a claim is filed, reduced breakfast will be given a .30 per breakfast funds. Therefore make sure you still claim reduced breakfasts under breakfast.
STUDENT PRICING and THE HUNGER ACT SECTION 205
EQUITY IN SCHOOL LUNCH PRICING.
PRICE FOR A PAID LUNCH.—
‘‘(1) DEFINITION OF PAID LUNCH.—In this subsection, the
term ‘paid lunch’ means a reimbursable lunch served to students
who are not certified to receive free or reduced price
‘‘(2) REQUIREMENT.—‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—For each school year beginning July
1, 2011, each school food authority shall establish a price
for paid lunches in accordance with this subsection.
‘‘(B) LOWER PRICE.—‘‘(i) IN GENERAL.—In the case of a school food
authority that established a price for a paid lunch
in the previous school year that was less than the
difference between the total Federal reimbursement
for a free lunch and the total Federal reimbursement
for a paid lunch, the school food authority shall establish
an average price for a paid lunch that is not
less than the price charged in the previous school
year, as adjusted by a percentage equal to the sum
obtained by adding—‘‘(I) 2 percent; and‘‘(II) the percentage change in the Consumer
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (food away
from home index) used to increase the Federal
reimbursement rate under section 11 for the most
recent school year for which data are available,
as published in the Federal Register.‘‘(ii) ROUNDING.—A school food authority may
round the adjusted price for a paid lunch under clause
(i) down to the nearest 5 cents.‘‘(iii) MAXIMUM REQUIRED PRICE INCREASE.—‘‘(I) IN GENERAL.—The maximum annual average
price increase required to meet the requirements
of this subparagraph shall not exceed 10
cents for any school food authority.‘‘(II) DISCRETIONARY INCREASE.—A school food
authority may increase the average price for a
paid lunch for a school year by more than 10
‘‘(C) EQUAL OR GREATER PRICE.—
‘‘(i) IN GENERAL.—In the case of a school food
authority that established an average price for a paid
lunch in the previous school year that was equal to
or greater than the difference between the total Federal
reimbursement for a free lunch and the total Federal
reimbursement for a paid lunch, the school food
authority shall establish an average price for a paid
lunch that is not less than the difference between
the total Federal reimbursement for a free lunch and
the total Federal reimbursement for a paid lunch. ‘‘(ii) ROUNDING.—A school food authority may
round the adjusted price for a paid lunch under clause
(i) down to the nearest 5 cents.
‘‘(A) REDUCTION IN PRICE.—A school food authority may
reduce the average price of a paid lunch established under
this subsection if the State agency ensures that funding
from non-Federal sources (other than in-kind contributions)
is added to the nonprofit school food service account of
the school food authority in an amount estimated to be
equal to at least the difference between—‘‘(i) the average price required of the school food
authority for the paid lunches under paragraph (2);
and‘‘(ii) the average price charged by the school food
authority for the paid lunches.
‘‘(B) NON-FEDERAL SOURCES.—For the purposes of
subparagraph (A), non-Federal sources does not include
revenue from the sale of foods sold in competition with
meals served under the school lunch program authorized
under this Act or the school breakfast program established
by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C.
‘‘(C) OTHER PROGRAMS.—This subsection shall not
apply to lunches provided under section 17 of this Act.
‘‘(4) REGULATIONS.—The Secretary shall establish procedures
to carry out this subsection, including collecting and
publishing the prices that school food authorities charge for
paid meals on an annual basis and procedures that allow school
food authorities to average the pricing of paid lunches at schools
throughout the jurisdiction of the school food authority.’’
Call Child Nutrition Services for help 624-6842.
The SY 2014 Price equity pricing tool can determne if price increase the past year will offset a price increse for the current year. The tool is a spreadsheet program supplied by USDA.
Per meal cost info: https://portal.maine.gov/sfsr/sfsrdev.ed299.ed299_parameters
Spreadsheet of Student and Adult Prices (Excel)
In no case should the funds available to pay the cost of student meals be used to supplement the cost of adult meals.
Adult Meal Pricing
Adult Visitors: The charge to adult visitors, at the discretion of school officials, may be higher than the charge paid by adult school employees.
School Food Service Employees: Meals served to cafeteria employees directly involved in the operation and administration of the breakfast and lunch programs (e.g., managers, cooks, servers, etc.) may be served at no charge and considered as a fringe benefit attributable to program costs. Therefore, the cost of such meals may be paid from program funds. Charging school food service employees for meals is left to the discretion of school officials.
Other School District Employees: The benefits of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs are for children only. The reimbursement and commodities received by schools are based on the number of lunches and breakfasts served to students. No reimbursement or commodities are provided for meals served to adults.
GUIDELINES FOR LOST AND STOLEN TICKETS AND STUDENTS CHARGING MEALS This USDA guidance also includes refusing students meals. The word meals refers to breakfast and lunch.