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Paid Lunch Equity (PLE)
The Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Tool was created to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) calculate their paid lunch price increase requirements and/or non-Federal source contributions to meet the requirements specified in 7 CFR 210.14(e). In an effort to assist all SFAs with this annual requirement, CDE has created a customized PLE tool.
The PLE tool compares the average weighted price for paid lunches to the determined targeted weighted average price.
If a SFA's average weighted price for lunches is less than the targeted weighted average price, the SFA must take action to address the difference.
- Increase the average price charged for paid meals; or,
- Add non-Federal funds (general fund transfer) to the nonprofit food service account to cover price gap; or,
- Both, increase student paid lunch prices and make a non-Federal fund transfer for remaining price gap
- Apply for an Exemption: SFA must submit the nonprofit food service account balance sheet as of 12/31/19 to GFPLE@cde.state.co.us along with a completed CDE PLE tool.
SFAs only need to complete and submit the CDE PLE Tool. SFAs need to submit the CDE PLE tool to GFPLE@cde.state.co.us by June 30, 2020. Each SFA, even if the required amount is already being charged, must email a completed copy.
Questions? E-mail GFPLE@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6670.