Paid Lunch Equity (PLE)

Lunch Pricing – School Food Service Account Revenue

In Section 760 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6) (the Appropriations Act), Congress provides that only school food authorities (SFAs) that had a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of December 31, 2018, shall be required to establish prices for paid lunches according to the Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) provisions in Section 12(p) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1760(p) and implemented in National School Lunch Program regulations at 7 CFR 210.14(e).

Consistent with the terms of the Appropriations Act, this memorandum provides notice that any SFA with a positive or zero balance in its nonprofit school food service account as of December 31, 2018, is exempt from PLE pricing requirements found at 7 CFR 210.14(e) for school year (SY) 2019-20. SFAs that had a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of December 31, 2018, must follow PLE requirements when establishing their prices for paid lunches in SY 2019-20.

Below is the SY 2019-20 Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Tool to assist SFAs as they make these required calculations.

 

Updated April 22, 2019 11:26am