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June 19th, 2008
Inflation forces school meal price increase

From the San Marcos school district

San Marcos CISD officials say rapidly rising commodities costs have forced them to raise the price of school breakfasts and lunches.

“Even with this upcoming price increase, San Marcos CISD is still under what most neighboring districts are charging for meals. That’s because we haven’t been steadily increasing the charge over the last several years,” said Mike Boone, the district’s Child Nutrition associate director.

School board members approved the 25-cent increase at a Monday meeting. New prices are:

Elementary and Intermediate

  • Student breakfast — $ .95
  • Student lunch — $1.75
  • Adult meal — $2.50
  • Visitor meal — $2.75

Junior High and High School

  • Student breakfast — $ .95
  • Student lunch — $2.00
  • Adult meal — $2.50
  • Visitor meal — $2.75

The increase does not affect free- and reduced-price meals.

School meal prices have increased nationwide, sometimes by as much as 50 percent, said Mike Abild, the assistant superintendent for business and support servces. He said, ““Food and paper costs are going up an average of 17-25 percent. Cheese and egg products are up 42 percent. Canned fruits have increased 27 percent, and milk is up 17 percent.”


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