• Cr is the claiming percentage for reduced-price meals, an estimate for the fraction of reimbursable meals served to students eligible for reduced-price meals; and

  • Cp= 1 – Cf– Cr is the claiming percentage for full-price meals.

The claiming percentage16 for a category is the estimated fraction of reimbursable meals that will be served to students who are eligible for that category (however, meals will be provided free to all students). The three claiming percentages are the MU distribution in Figure 2-1, and, as noted above, the ultimate objective of this panel is to determine whether there is a reliable and operationally feasible method for estimating this distribution.

Having worked through the complex procedures and sets of steps for administering the NSLP and SBP programs under traditional and special provisions for reimbursement, one can see the potential advantages of an approach using existing data that could further reduce the burden on parents and schools and at the same time enable the school meals programs to serve additional students. The remaining chapters describe our technical approach for developing and evaluating methods for estimating the claiming percentages in the Provision 4 reimbursement equation. The next chapter discusses the ACS and other sources of data relevant to our study.


Although the claiming percentages are called “percentages,” they would be expressed as proportions for the purposes of calculating reimbursements using the formula.

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