CEDAR LAKE | Breakfast and lunch prices are going up a bit across the board in Hanover Community School Corp.
The price increases are the result of changes in federal guidelines, Isabella Pennybacker, food service director, told the School Board.
The new guidelines require schools to provide food that is fresh or, failing that, food relatively free of sugar and additives.
For example, Pennybacker said, canned fruit served to students must be canned in its own juices, not sugared syrup.
Fresh food is more expensive and thus meal prices are going up between 5 and 10 cents per meal. Milk prices will also go up by 5 cents, said Dana Bogathy, director of business services.
Board members have fewer issues with the price increases than they do other federal guidelines.
“I still feel there’s a lot of waste” in the school lunch program, said Julie Moeller. For example, unopened single-serving milk cartons are not allowed to be donated or given away.
“Unopened milk has to be thrown away,” Moeller said.
“Federal guidelines,” said interim Superintendent James Thorne, explaining why cartons have to be thrown away.