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National School Lunch Program

2017-2018 Adult/Student Selling Prices

Adult Selling Prices


  • Schools that receive regular reimbursement for breakfast must charge a minimum of $1.86 plus tax for an adult breakfast meal
  • Schools that receive severe need reimbursement for breakfast must charge a minimum of $2.20 plus tax for an adult breakfast meal


  • Schools that receive under 60% ($3.2899) for lunch must charge a minimum of $3.63 plus tax for an adult lunch

Child Nutrition Training Opportunities

The New York State Education Department offers both in-person and online training for school Food Service Directors/Managers and interested school business officials, supervisors, cook managers, and others involved with the operation of school nutrition programs. These training are provided at no charge and contribute toward Professional Standards annual training requirements.

State-Wide DCMP and Mandatory Reporting of SNAP/Medicaid Eligible Students

Online Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP)

To provide increased access to free meals to children entitled to free meal benefits and allow for more accurate reporting, and better policy and decision making at the local, State and federal levels, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) provides a state-level Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP).

Guidance on Procurement Methods: Thresholds UPDATED

The purpose of this memo is to clarify the different types of procurement requirements school food authorities (SFAs) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors MUST follow when using funds from the non- profit foodservice account to purchase goods and services for the federal Child Nutrition Programs. Thresholds discussed in this guidance are current as of August 2018 and are subject to change.


Available Child Nutrition Program Resources

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, 7 CFR 210.10(a)(2) required that schools identify, near or at the beginning of serving lines, what foods constitute unit priced reimbursable meals.

The Child Nutrition Program Administration has purchased materials to ensure School Food Authorities (SFAs) are complying with this signage requirement.  There are poster frames, display stands, dry erase markers, static clings and a variety of posters available to schools, at no charge.

Flexibilities in Nutrition Requirements

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide greater flexibility to the federal meal pattern requirements for the purpose of making food choices both healthful and appealing to school age children.  The Secretary signed a formal proclamation that allows increased local decision and control regarding whole grains, sodium and milk.


Whole Grains

Required Application Process for Participation in the After-School Care Program (Snack) and Extended Day Snack Program

To ensure continued integrity in the Child Nutrition Programs, the New York State Education Department (SED) is requiring all School Food Authorities (SFAs) opting to participate in the After-School Snack Program or an Extended Day/Expanded Learning Time Program during the 2017-18 school year to complete a Program Addition Application.  Even if your SFA has had prior approval in past years to serve snacks in an After-School Snack Program or an Extended Day/Expanded Learning Time Program, you must re-apply for the 2017-18 school year.  

2018-19 FFVP for SFAs

Please visit our Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program page, located under the Programs drop-down, for more information about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  Due to limited funds, and the large number of high need schools in New York State, we will only be able to award monies to those SFAs that submit applications by the due date and have the highest percentage of eligible students enrolled. We will award starting with 100% eligibility and continue down until funds are depleted.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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