Reimbursement Rates for NSLP
These rates are effective from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. NOTE: The extra $0.40 per lunch and $.15 per breakfast provided by the Keep Kids Fed Act expired June 30, 2023.


  • Paid - $0.40
  • Reduced - $3.85
  • Free - $4.25


Lunch - Severe Need

Contracting entities serving at least 60 percent free and reduced-price lunches under NSLP for at least the first three months of school year 2021-2022 will receive a 2-cent supplemental lunch reimbursement.* In addition, contracting entities certified to receive the performance-based cash assistance will receive an additional 8 cents added to the lunch reimbursement. These additional reimbursements will be applied and paid automatically to eligible contracting entities through the Texas Unified Nutrition Programs System (TX-UNPS).

*For CEs that operated the Seamless Summer Option in SY 2021-2022 and do not have the claims data required to qualify for the 2-cent supplemental reimbursement, TDA will use claims data from the first three months of SY 2022-2023 to qualify CEs for severe need lunch supplemental reimbursements.


After School Care Program

  • Paid - $0.10
  • Reduced - $0.58
  • Free - $1.17

  • Paid - $0.38
  • Reduced - $1.98
  • Free - $2.28

Reduced-Price-Eligible Students Will Receive Breakfast at No Charge in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years. Click here for more information.

Breakfast - Severe Need

Individual schools may qualify for Severe Need Breakfast reimbursement to supplement the regular free and reduced-price breakfast reimbursements. Within a CE, some sites may be eligible for severe need funding and others may not. For a site to be eligible in SY 2023-2024, at least 40 percent of its total lunches served in school year 2021-2022 must have been free or reduced (minimum three months operation).* There are instances where a new school may qualify for Severe Need Breakfast reimbursement. For additional information, email Food and Nutrition at or call toll-free at (877) TEX-MEAL. Reimbursement rates including severe need are as follows:
  • Reduced - $2.43 ($0.45 severe need reimbursement included)
  • Free - $2.73 ($0.45 severe need reimbursement included)

*For sites that operated the Seamless Summer Option in SY 2021-2022 and do not have the claims data required to qualify for the severe need breakfast supplemental reimbursement, TDA will use claims data from the first three months of SY 2022-2023 to qualify schools for severe need breakfast supplemental reimbursements.
USDA Foods Published Rate Of Assistance
  1. SY 2023-2024 Commodity Meal Rate – The published rate for the period July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, is $0.2950 per meal for NSLP schools.
  2. Additionally, USDA’s 12% provision dollars and the 20M breakfast dollars for NSLP make the effective SY 2023-2024 NSLP rate $0.3650 cents.
  3. Texas does not have a separate rate and is following the national rate of $0.3650 cents.
Historical Rates of Reimbursement
Go to USDA FNS Rates of Reimbursement to see reimbursement rates for past years.

NSLP Reimbursement Rates

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help. Additional translations services available as well.

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1. Mail:
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
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