Posted on January 8th, 2020 in Child Nutrition, Frequently Asked Questions

Student meals that do not meet the USDA requirements are not reimbursable as Free, Reduced-price or Student Paid price. Students are encouraged to select a complete reimbursable meal, but if they refuse to select the 3 minimum components with at least one being a fruit or vegetable, the individual items on the plate must be charged as an a la carte purchase. The a la carte prices are higher than regular student meal prices because they are not subsidized by the USDA.