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Updated Guidance on Paid Lunch Equity Exemption (PLE) for School Year (SY) 2022-2023

" May 1, 2022 - USDA extended the PLE exemption based on a CE’s financial position to SY 2022-2023 in policy memo SP 08-2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs (released April 4, 2022).
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May 1, 2022 - USDA extended the PLE exemption based on a CE’s financial position to SY 2022-2023 in policy memo SP 08-2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs (released April 4, 2022).

CEs with a zero or positive fund balance as of December 31, 2021 have two options:

(1) Complete and apply the SY 2022-2023 PLE calculation to the CE’s meal pricing structure. If a CE chooses this option, the CE will adjust meal prices as appropriate to the PLE calculation. The CE must retain the completed PLE calculation tool and other documentation demonstrating how the CE determined the meal prices to be charged.

(2) Choose not to complete and not to apply the SY 2022-2023 PLE calculation. If the CE chooses this option, the CE may increase meal prices, but is not required to do so. The CE must retain financial documentation that demonstrates that the CE has reconciled all costs incurred and income received since the end of the most recent fiscal year and December 31, 2021 and determined that it has a zero or positive fund balance. If the CE chooses to increase meal prices, the CE needs to retain documentation demonstrating the amount of the price increase.

Please note that TDA recommends CEs perform the PLE calculation each year and retain all related documentation as information recorded in the calculation tool may be helpful if the CE does not qualify for an exemption in the future.

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1. Mail:
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
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