Meal Prices & Charge Policy


Why Buy School Lunch?

There are many reasons why students should buy school lunch. Here are just four to share with you:

  1. It saves the parent/guardian money
  2. It saves the parent/guardian time
  3. The nutritional value is outstanding
  4. It assures the student is receiving a safe food product.

A typical bagged lunch averages to a breakdown cost of $2.49 – $3.00 a day not including your time.  Our hot homemade lunches accompanied with nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables options cost $2.00-$2.30.  Purchasing meals from our schools is indeed a great value in many ways to your family.

Charge Policy 

The goal of the Hanover School District schools is to provide students with healthy meals each day.  The intent of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal reporting requirements and regulation for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding meal balances. Part of that regulation is the directive to operate as a self-funded special revenue fund, as a not-for- profit business.  What this means is that Hanover School District Food Service Department does not receive any financial support from local tax-payers to operate the National School Lunch & Breakfast meal programs. While the USDA Child Nutrition Program does not require that a student who pays for regular priced meals be served without payment, the Hanover School District recognizes that unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our Food Services Department.  Therefore, the district provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their lunch money. Please see attached Meal Charge Policy – SQ YR 2017.18 .

Non-discrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.