Meal Prices 2019-2020
Meal Prices for 2019-2020 are as follows:
Lunch (High School) $2.60
Lunch (K-8) $2.35
Breakfast (K-12) $1.50
Adult Lunch $3.25
Adult Breakfast $2.00
Semester Milk $30
A La Carte Pricing
A La Carte Prices are set using a calculation from the USDA and posted in the food lines.
The USDA requires that each School Food Authority limit competitive foods to encourage consumption of the reimbursable meals.The prices should be set high enough to encourage students to select the reimbursable school lunch or breakfast, and the price must recover all costs involved in the item including labor, overhead, paper supplies, value of USDA – donated foods used in preparation, and should reflect a profit on the item.
Smart Snacks in Schools
The USDA has established nutrition standards that took effect on July 1, 2014 that will impact ALL food and beverages SOLD to STUDENTS on the school campus during the school day including the following: A la carte in the cafeteria, vending machines and fund raiser food.
These new government mandates have forced us to eliminate several foods and change portion sizes and brands to make them compliant. Products can be checked for compliance at the link below.
Offer vs. Serve Explanation
National School Lunch Program
Mercer County School District is a participant in “Offer vs. Serve” in the National School Lunch Program. Offer vs. Serve allows students to decline some of the food offered in a reimbursable meal to reduce food waste by choosing the foods that they actually want to eat.
A reimbursable lunch menu consists of 5 offered components which are set by the new USDA meal pattern in certain varieties and portion sizes determined by student age.
Meat/Meat Alternate minimum
For a meal to be reimbursable, it must contain three of the five components, one of which MUST be a fruit or a vegetable component. (Before the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, there was not a specification on which components were chosen). If there aren’t enough components, the food items will have to be charged as “a la carte”, which is more expensive for the student, and not reimbursable as a “Free” or “Reduced” meal.
Students are allowed to decline 2 of 5 food components but must select at least ½ cup of either a fruit or vegetable.
Fruit or vegetable may be reduced to ½ planned portions. Students must select other food components in quantities planned.
If a student wishes to decline a specific menu item, they should let the server know before they plate up the food, otherwise, the full menu amount will be served. Hopefully this will allow students to take what they want and avoid food waste while still following the USDA guidelines for the Meal Pattern.
Lunch Account Policy
Once a student reaches an overdue bill of $10.00, that student will not be allowed to charge a lunch until the bill has been paid. In the event the student is unable or forgets to bring a sack lunch from home, they will be provided with a peanut butter or butter sandwich and a carton of milk.
If you have any questions concerning your son/daughter’s lunch activity, please check the parent portal or contact your school's office.
Nondiscrimination: In the operation of USDA Child Nutrition programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. If you feel you have been, please call (309) 582-2238.