Reduced-price meal

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Reduced-price meal is a term used in the United States to describe a federally reimbursable meal, or snack, served to a qualified child when the family of the child's income is between 130 and 185 percent of the US federal poverty threshold. Schools may not charge more than US$0.40 for reduced-price lunches, nor more than US$0.30 for reduced-price breakfasts.

Potential effectiveness of the program has been reduced by students' selective consumption of meal servings. In 2014 the journal Public Health Nutrition wrote: "Plate waste was estimated from 899 lunch trays; 535 elementary and 364 middle-school students. Only 45% of elementary and 34% middle-school students selected a vegetable. Elementary-school students wasted more than a third of grain, fruit and vegetable menu items. Middle-school students left nearly 50% of fresh fruit, 37% of canned fruit and nearly a third of vegetables unconsumed. Less than half of the students met the national meal standards for vitamins A and C, or Fe [iron]."[1]

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  1. ^ Smith, SL; Cunningham-Sabo, L (Jun 2014). "Food choice, plate waste and nutrient intake of elementary- and middle-school students participating in the US National School Lunch Program". Public Health Nutrition. 17 (6): 1255–63. doi:10.1017/S1368980013001894. PMID 23866827.