School Lunch Prices Set to Rise In Missouri District

Friday, May 11, 2012

Lunch prices at Columbia Public Schools likely will rise again next school year.

The district's finance committee yesterday discussed a potential 10-cent increase. The change stems from a 2010 federal requirement that aims to ensure districts generate enough money to cover the cost of paid lunches and aren't subsidizing them with federal dollars from the free and reduced-price lunch program.

Adding a dime would bring prices to $2.50 at secondary schools and $2.25 at elementary schools. Adult lunches would remain at $3, and the price of breakfast would stay at $1.35. Many students who eat breakfast at school participate in the free and reduced program, Nutrition Services Director Laina Fullum said. "We didn't feel a need" to raise those prices, she said.

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