Skip to comments.E. Longmeadow (MA) school lunch prices going up 25 cents, ... to comply with federal orders
Posted on 10/26/2011 12:54:49 PM PDT by matt04
The School Committee voted Monday to increase the school lunch price by $0.25 cents starting in January of 2012.
The committee met with Food Services Director Lori Pahl and School Business Manager Theresa A. Olejarz to discuss the increase.
The federal government has asked for equity in school lunch pricing, Olejarz said. If you're charging less than $2.46 for school lunch then the federal government reimbursement you receive is subsidizing the school lunch program and you can't do that, she said.
Olejarz said the only solutions are to increase lunch prices or take the money out of the school department budget to fund the increase. Currently the school lunch program is self-funded.
Pahl said the increasing price of food and supplies also make the increase necessary. Some changes that cost more include providing farm fresh produce to students including apples, green beans and other products from a local South Hadley Farm, she said.
You hate to say it, but those products are more expensive, so I am limited in what I can purchase, but we certainly try to do that as much as possible, she said.
They are also incorporating whole grain pizza crust and whole grain pasta and rice products.
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Outrageous!!! This story is about to break hard, nationally