Many school districts across Kentucky are charging students more for lunch this year to comply with a federal mandate to offer more fresh produce.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that districts in Fayette, Madison, Bourbon and Woodford counties are among those where students who pay full price for lunch will have to pay more. In Fayette County, the price is going up by 15 cents; in Madison County, a nickel; in Woodford, a dime; in Bourbon, a quarter at elementary schools.
The changes will bring the districts into compliance with 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which requires districts to serve fresh produce and to charge paying students the equivalent of the amount received from government reimbursements for students on free-and-reduced lunch.
"I know this is a difficult time to ask people to pay more," Bourbon County Superintendent Lynn Fryman said. "But I hope they will look at the quality of the meals and think that $2 is pretty good.