Income Guidelines and Reimbursement Rates for the Federal Child Nutrition Programs

 
Charter schools that are eligible to participate in federal child nutrition programs are required to provide meals and snacks according to the nutrition standards set by US Department of Agriculture. The reimbursement rates vary based on the type of meal (lunches have a higher reimbursement rate than snacks), and the type of institution. This resource outlines the income guidelines and reimbursement rates for these federal food programs.
 
 
 

A Guide to Qualifying Students for School Meals

 
This guide offers key strategies that charter school leaders can use to increase federal reimbursements and leverage additional funding for school meals. For example, independent charter schools can maximize the certification of students eligible for free and reduced price meals through a direct certification process or by conducting a school meal application campaign.
 
 
 

School Breakfast Program

 
Charter school leaders can ensure all children enrolled in their schools receive a nutritious breakfast every day through the School Breakfast Program. The program provides per meal cash reimbursements to public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions that provide free and reduced price breakfasts to eligible children. Reimbursable meals must meet federal nutrition standards.
 
 
 

Breakfast in the Classroom

 
Food Research and Action Center, 2010
With so many charter schools serving large populations of low-income children, a vast majority of them are in a good position to provide free breakfast to all students at the start of the school day. Studies have shown the impact of school breakfast on student achievement and moving breakfast into the classroom can be an effective strategy for charter schools to increase student participation. This web page offers several resources on Breakfast in the Classroom from the Food Research and Action Center.
 
 
 

Income Guidelines and Reimbursement Rates for the Federal Child Nutrition Programs

 
by Food Research and Action Center, 2010
Charter schools that are eligible to participate in federal child nutrition programs are required to provide meals and snacks according to the nutrition standards set by US Department of Agriculture. The reimbursement rates vary based on the type of meal (lunches have a higher reimbursement rate than snacks), and the type of institution. This resource outlines the income guidelines and reimbursement rates for these federal food programs.
 
 
 


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