School lunch prices could in­crease

The Covington News - - Obits - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

For the first time in six years the price of school lunches may in­crease.

Cur­rently New­ton County has some of the low­est prices on school lunches com­pared with sim­i­lar coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to a mem­o­ran­dum from Tues­day night’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing. If ap­proved, the rec­om­men­da­tion would raise the prices only 10 cents for all paid stu­dents and 25 cents for all adult meals start­ing Fis­cal Year 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to the memo, the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s rule “Na­tional School Lunch Pro­gram: School Food Ser­vice Ac­count Rev­enue Amend­ments Re­lated to the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010,” re­quires school’s par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Na­tional School Lunch Pro­gram to make sure there are suf­fi­cient monies avail­able to pro­vide for meals served to the stu­dents who are el­i­gi­ble for free and re­duced lunches. This can hap­pen ei­ther through a price change for paid meals or through non­fed­eral sources pro­vided to the school food ser­vice ac­count.

Over the next nine years the sys­tem will be re­quired to in­crease the paid lunch meal prices to an amount equal to the fed­eral re­im­burse­ment rate for free meals, mi­nus the paid meal re­im­burse­ment of 26 cents.

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