School meals will increase by about 10 cents this school year.
“In order to comply with the USDA’s Paid Lunch Equity requirement as set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program must raise average meal prices by at least 10 cents per year until their weighted average lunch price equals or exceeds the USDA target meal price,” said Edmond Public Schools Director of Child Nutrition Dan Lindsey.
EPS student meal prices for 2013-14 will be as follows: elementary breakfast, $1.60; elementary lunch, $2.50; middle school breakfast, $1.60; middle school lunch, $2.50; high school breakfast, $1.60; and high school lunch, $2.85. Adult meals at all schools will be the same at all levels and include all non-students (i.e., teachers, parents, guests). Adult breakfast will be $1.85 and adult lunch will be $3.10.
Lindsey said for qualifying students, reduced-price meals will remain unchanged at $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch at all grade levels.
“Students without lunch money are served an alternate meal consisting of a cheese sandwich and milk,” Lindsey said. “Although there is no requirement to serve alternate meals, we don’t want any students to go without something to eat, no matter what.”
Deer Creek raises food prices
Deer Creek Board of Education members voted to increase food service food prices for students and adults at all levels. Elementary school prices will go from $2.35 to $2.45, intermediate school lunches will cost $2.45, middle school lunches will cost $2.55, high school lunches will go from $2.75 to $2.85 and adult lunches at all sites will be $3.
Deer Creek does not serve breakfast to its students.
Lunches can be charged up to the following amounts: elementary schools up to $11.75, intermediate school up to $12.25, middle school up to $12.75 and high school up to $13.75.
“Once a student has met the charge amount, an alternative lunch will be served,” said Lisa Hall, Deer Creek’s child nutrition director. “The lunch will be a cheese sandwich, a fruit or vegetable and milk. The meal meets all school nutrition requirements.”