School lunch prices increasing

by Celia Shortt

Another change Coweta students will face in the 2014-2015 school year is a higher price for school lunches.

Elementary school lunches are now $2.50, and middle and high school lunches will be $2.75. Prices for adult meals are also higher and will be $3.

“It’s still a very good price for our meals,” said Coweta County School Superintendent, Dr. Steve Barker at the July board of education meeting when the price increase was approved. “Mrs. (Cathe) Nixon and her staff do a great job. Our lunches are well done and prepared well. They do a good job putting a menu together for us.”

A large portion of the 15 cent increase per full-paying student, and 25 cent increase per adult is to keep the school system’s nutrition program self-sustaining.

“The majority of the increase will cover the whole cost to prepare and serve full-paying students,” said Dr. Barker. “This will help provide the school nutrition budget adequate cash flow for expenses throughout the year.”

A small part is to keep the program in compliance with the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. This act and USDA requirement works to improve “the critical nutrition and hunger safety-net” for kids.”

Even being self-sustaining, the school nutrition program does receive funds from free and reduced lunch paying students, but they must be able to sustain the program with the students who pay for their lunches.

The school lunch program will still function the same way it has in the past. The only change is the increased price.



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