ST. JOHN | Prices for all student breakfast and lunch meals served at the 10 Lake Central elementary and secondary schools will increase 10 cents with the 2013-2014 school year because of federal mandates.
That includes the same price increase for those students on the federal reduced-price lunch programs.
Gladys Rediger, director of food services, made that report at a recent Lake Central School Board meeting.
Required changes in school menus and price increases stem from legislation called the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. It was enacted by Congress in 2011 to improve nutrition and minimize obesity and related diseases, she said.
Although the menu changes mandated by the legislation will span several years, the federal law now requires school districts to raise lunch prices “to gradually provide the same level of funding as federal reimbursement for free and reduced-price meals,” Rediger told the board.
Lake Central School Corp. has held its prices steady during the last several years, but future increases will be necessary “until we match that of the reimbursed free meal,” she said.
The proposed prices for an elementary student breakfast will be $1.20, while a breakfast served to secondary students will cost $1.30. Elementary school lunches will go up to $1.90 and secondary school lunches will be $2.15.
Students on the federal reduced-price lunch program will now pay 10 cents for breakfast and 20 cents for lunch.
Adult breakfasts and lunches will remain at $1.35 and $2.75, respectively, Rediger said.
“The mandated price increase is also intended to cover increased costs associated with new menu requirements,” she said.
Those requirements include additional servings of whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
“These types of food increase the cost of our meals served,” Rediger said. “The new prices are in line with other school corporations.”