Dist. 728 raises student meal prices, eliminates credit card fee

For the third consecutive year, the Dist. 728 School Board, acting on a directive from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will increase student lunch meal prices.

The School Board approved increasing meal prices by 10 cents for the 2013-2014 school year. To help offset the price increase, the district will eliminate the current $1.95 credit card fee for student lunch accounts (based on a minimum transaction of $25).

The new breakfast and lunch prices for 2013-2014 are as follows: elementary breakfast: $1.05; elementary lunch: $2.50; secondary breakfast: $1.15; and secondary lunch, $2.60.

In 2011 the USDA required all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program to provide the same level of support for lunches served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced price lunches as for students who are eligible for free lunches. The directive required school districts that charge lunch prices below $2.52 for the 2012-2013 school year to increase lunch prices accordingly.

Following the directive the School Board incrementally raised student meal prices the past two years. If the School Board had not approved the increase, the district would have lost all federal reimbursements, currently at $1.8 million, for school lunches.