This memorandum is a follow-up to SP 34-2013 “Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for SY2013-2014” issued on April 17, 2013, which provides flexibilities school food authorities (SFAs) may use when implementing the paid lunch equity (PLE) requirement for School Year (SY) 2013-2014.
In SP 34-2013, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) advised State agencies that in SY 2013-2014 they should exempt a SFA from the PLE requirements if the SFA: has been certified as meeting the meal pattern requirements; and can demonstrate that the required increase to paid lunch prices or revenue contributions would cause the SFA to exceed the three-month operating balance limit. It also indicated that State agency should consider whether there are other necessary or desirable uses for the funds to meet program requirements and goals or to address deficiencies in program operations. SP 34-2013 also noted that States would be asked to provide information on exemptions granted. This memorandum provides additional guidance on factors to be considered when evaluating exemption requests, and provides additional information on exemption reporting.