January 19, 2012

Meal Service Requirements

Dear Authorized Representative and/or Contact for National School Lunch Program:

This is being sent as a reminder of a meal service requirement that may impact your public school building next school year.

School Breakfast Program

Public Act 96-0158 requires each school district in this State to implement and operate a School Breakfast Program by the first day of the 2012-2013 school year in each public school building within its district in which at least 40 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches as of October 2011.

ISBE administers the federally-funded School Breakfast Program and the state-funded IL Free Breakfast Program to assist you in implementing a successful program and to supplement the cost of providing the program. For additional information on this legislation, including the opt-out provision, go to http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/hb_756.htm.

To assist with determining whether or not your school is required to operate the School Breakfast Program, FY2012 free and reduced-price eligibility percentages are posted at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/eligibility_listings.htm.

Staff from the Nutrition Programs Division is available to offer technical assistance with implementing either program at 800-545-7892 or 217-782-2491.