Lafayette, La. (KADN) — School lunch prices throughout the school district will rise in the coming 2014-15 school year by 25 cents. The rise, the first one since 2010, is due in part to federally mandated regulations such as those in the Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act and LPSS and the school board coming to terms with shortfalls in the proposed budget for next year.
The rise in prices will bring the cost of lunch for high school and middle school students to $2.00 per student; elementary school students will pay $1.75 per student. Distributors will also be affected by the rise in costs. Through regulations brought on by the federal government that call for healthier food to be in all public schools, distributors must raise their costs to meet the needs of the school system.