September 23, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Payment of Fiscal Year 2017 State Funds for the National School Lunch Program

U. S. Department of Agriculture regulations (7CFR 210.17) require states to appropriate a minimum level of state funds to be paid as reimbursement to school divisions that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  The required minimum funding level annually for Virginia is $5,801,932.

The per meal lunch reimbursement rate is calculated by dividing the funding level by the total number of lunches claimed for reimbursement in the previous school year.  The per meal reimbursement rate for lunches that were served in the 2015-2016 school year is $0.051569. 
Attachment A details the NSLP state reimbursement payment for fiscal year 2017 for each school division. 

The fiscal year 2017 state lunch reimbursement will be paid on September 30, 2016, by Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).  These funds must be credited to the school nutrition account and will be identified on the EDI notice as School Lunch Program – State Match and revenue source code 70250.

Questions may be directed to the school nutrition program specialist assigned to your division or Sandra C. Curwood, Director of School Nutrition Programs, at (804) 225-2074.



  1. State Lunch Reimbursement (PDF)