Policy change on school milk may cut food waste
"Though schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can only claim federal reimbursement for complete meals, they are not restricted from selling milk a la carte or providing it free to students if they choose to do so," the USDA said in an email to the New Hampshire Sunday News. "It has been long-standing policy that schools may choose to use the revenue in their school food service account - including revenue generated from a la carte food sales - to cover the cost of milk provided to students."
White said her understanding is the program doesn't permit what the USDA statement says is allowed. She said she would need clarification from the federal government.
In October alone, Manchester schools served 109,869 free lunches, according to Livingston. Buying lunch costs $1.90 for elementary students and $2.15 for middle school and high school students.
"We started a 'slush fund' for getting them a snack milk," Principal Judy Pellettieri said in an email. "This might not sound like a big deal, but it is hard when other kids are having a juice box from home or snack milk from school and their only choice is the water fountain."
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