We have recently fielded questions regarding free and reduced lunch. Most of the questions are concerning what the lunch consists of and what a student must have on their tray. The statement below from the Fresh Picks Corporate Resource Department may clarify some of those questions.
“USDA regulations require that students who qualify for school meal benefits take a full, nutritious meal at breakfast and at lunch. This meal consists of at least a fruit, a grain and a milk at breakfast; and a combination of at least three items – fruit, vegetable, protein, milk and grains – at lunch (one of the taken items must be a fruit or vegetable). If students take less than what the USDA considers a full meal the school district must charge the student full price rather than request Federal reimbursement – or face the possibility of suspended Federal funding and even fines by the USDA.”