Reimbursement is based on the number of meals served by type (breakfast, lunch, supper, snack), multiplied by the combined operational and administrative rate for that meal.
A higher reimbursement rate is available for sponsors of sites located in rural areas or for sites that prepare or assemble their own meals. Sponsors that are located in an urban area or contract for meals receive a lower administrative rate.
The reimbursement received can be used to cover allowable expenses incurred to operate the program. Some of the expenses include food, non-food items (supplies), labor, administrative costs, transportation and supervision.