The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The prices of school lunches and breakfasts will increase next year, according to food services Supervisor Chuck Hutto.
The price of lunch in elementary schools will increase from $1.95 to $2.05.
In secondary schools, the lunch price will increase from $2.25 to $2.35.
The price of breakfast will increase from $1.25 to $1.35 in both elementary and secondary schools, Hutto said.
The reduced-price for breakfast and lunch, 30 cents and 40 cents, respectively, will remain the same, Hutto said.
The price increase is mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture as part of the National School Lunch program, Hutto said. The increases next year will put the school division's prices in compliance with the USDA's formula for reimbursement through the national program.
Under the National School Lunch program, the federal government reimburses local school divisions at a specified rate for each meal that is served in school cafeterias, Hutto said. The reimbursement rate varies, depending on whether it is a free, reduced-price or full-price meals.
Free and reduced-price meals are available for those who qualify, based on income guidelines, Hutto said. Information on eligibility and application forms are available in each county school or the food services office.
The school board approved the price increase Monday night during its monthly meeting.