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Paid Lunch Equity (PLE)

Guidance for SY 2024-25

For SY 2024-25, SFAs with a positive or zero balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of June 30, 2023, are exempt from PLE pricing requirements found at 7 CFR 210.14(e).

SFAs that had a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of June 30, 2023, must follow PLE requirements according to 7 CFR 210.14(e) when establishing their paid lunch prices for SY 2024-25.

SY 2024-2025 PLE Tools Flowchart


SY 2024-25 PLE Tool

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SY 2023-24 PLE Tool

SY 2022-23 PLE Tool

SFAs electing to use the PLE Waiver please follow the link to the Waiver Instruction Memo.

SY 2020-21 PLE Tool

SY 2019-20 PLE Tool

SY 2018-19 PLE Tool

SY 2017-18 PLE Tool


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