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National School Lunch Program

CN State Payments Reductions

As instructed by the New York State Division of Budget (DOB), the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will be reducing some Child Nutrition reimbursement claims by 20%. The DOB directive affects State reimbursement payments only. Federal reimbursement payments will remain at 100%.

To identify a reduced claim, please refer to the Invoice Number of the payment.

2020-2021 Adult/Student Selling Prices

Adult Selling Prices


  • Schools that receive regular reimbursement for breakfast must charge a minimum of $2.00 plus tax for an adult breakfast meal
  • Schools that receive severe need reimbursement for breakfast must charge a minimum of $2.37 plus tax for an adult breakfast meal


  • Schools that receive under 60% ($3.5699) for lunch must charge a minimum of $3.94 plus tax for an adult lunch

NYS Waiver Request

The New York State Education Department is requesting a waiver from the USDA requirements that schools must make water available and accessible to children during the meal services as this would pose a significant challenge given the current circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This waiver has not been approved at this time. Further guidance will be made available upon approval.


NYSED School Reopening Guidance

"The closing of schools in March 2020 has profoundly affected the lives of New Yorkers. This impact will continue through the 2020-21 school year and beyond. While no one can predict all the challenges that may arise over the coming weeks and months, it is imperative that we plan for a safe and orderly return to school."

Feeding Children in Need and Child Care for Essential Workers During the Summer

The memo below is regarding feeding children in need and child care for essential workers during the summer.  For the original memo, please click here.


As schools closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was critical that school districts provide meals to all students and particularly to students who rely on the two meals a day provided in school when school is open.


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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