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Eligibility for Severe Need Rates for the School Breakfast Program (SBP) SP - 23

Last Published: 09/05/2013

Section 220.9(e) of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) regulations outlines criteria for schools to qualify for severe need reimbursement. Included in these criteria is the requirement that 40 percent or more of the lunches served to students at that school in the second preceding school year were served free or at a reduced price. Section 201 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265) eliminated the previous requirement that school breakfast costs exceed the National Average Payment rate of reimbursement as one criterion for receiving the higher severe need funding in the SBP. This memorandum provides the above-mentioned guidance.

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