Paid Lunch Equity (PLE)

Paid Lunch Equity Tool

Schools are required to charge students for paid meals at a price that is, on average, equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement and the paid meal reimbursement. Schools that currently charge less for meal prices than the amount needed to create paid lunch equity are required to (1) gradually increase their prices over time until they meet the requirement or (2) supplement their food service operating funds with non-federal funds to ensure equity. USDA has developed School Year (SY) 2020-2021 Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Tool, an Excel-based PLE Tool with user instructions that CEs may use to determine the price increase necessary to meet the requirement. This form includes the Nonprogram Food Revenue Tool to assist CEs in determining if nonprogram revenue can be used to meet the paid lunch equity requirement. TDA has also developed the Program/Nonprogram Revenue Proportion Calculation Worksheet to assist CE in the calculation their program/nonprogram revenue proportions.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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Commissioner Sid Miller