School Lunch Prices to Increase Again

July 12, 2013
Dwayne Page
Stephanie Dyer (Older Photo)

If you pay for your children's school lunches, you'll have to ante up a little more this coming school year.

The DeKalb County Board of Education Thursday night voted to increase the price of school lunches five cents, going from $1.45 to $1.50 for pre-kindergarten students to fifth graders and from $1.70 to $1.75 for sixth through twelfth graders. Breakfast prices will remain the same at $1.00 for all students. Prices for adults at schools will remain at $2.50

This is the third year in a row the school board has voted to hike school lunch prices.

Stephanie Dyer, School Nutrition Supervisor, has said in previous meetings that prices have to increase until they get to $2.51 under USDA regulations, or the school system risks losing its increase in food reimbursement rates. "Each year we have gone up ten cents. However this year with our funds we're able to just go up five cents and still be in good shape, said Dyer during Thursday night's meeting. "Hopefully we'll stay like this for a couple of years. That's what we're hoping for. They are becoming a little bit more lenient on that," she said.

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