April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Parents to see higher school lunch prices

By By Paul [email protected]

School lunch prices will see another 10-cent increase next school year in the elementary and high schools.

Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. board members unanimously approved a 10-cent increase during its public meeting last week.

On the first day of the new school year, the cost of each lunch will rise from $2.15 to 2.25 at Hope Elementary School, and from $2.30 to $2.40 at Hauser Jr./Sr. High School, said Lisa Garrison, the district's food service director.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been requiring schools to charge progressively more for their lunches since July 2012, when the federal agency implemented its Equity in School Lunch Pricing Program. The goal of that program is to bring the amount paying students pay into alignment with the amount the federal government pays for economically disadvantaged students to eat for free.

The Flat Rock-Hawcreek school district is still getting there. Garrison has said that although the incremental increases began more than three years ago, they will need to continue annually until the cost is $2.70 at both schools.

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