Price of school lunch, breakfast to rise

2011-05-19T00:00:00Z Price of school lunch, breakfast to riseBy Nick Gevock of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

The price of breakfast and lunch in Butte schools will rise by 10 cents per meal next year.

Trustees this week approved the change to keep up with federal standards that require schools to charge for their meals based on how much districts receive for free and reduce price meals for lower income kids.

Breakfast will rise to $1.25 from $1.15. Lunch for grades K-6 will jump to $2 from $1.90; and for grades 7-12 to $2.25 from $2.15.

Mark Harrison, the district’s director of central services, said the price has to rise by 10 cents every year for the next five years to get to the level required by the federal government. He said the federal government requires that the average paid meal is equal to the cost of free meals.

But he stressed that the lunches are still a value.

“You can’t make a meal for that,” he said.

J.R. Richardson, district business manager, said it’s surprising that the federal government sets the same price throughout the nation.

“I don’t see how they can say the cost of a meal doesn’t take into account the cost of living,” he said. “The cost of a meal in San Francisco is different than in Butte.”

The cost increase passed 7-0.

Reporter Nick Gevock may be reached at nick.gevock@mtstandard.com.

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