Greensboro, NC -- Tuesday night, the Guilford County Board of Education voted to increase school lunch for the 2013-2014 school year.
It passes by a narrow margin of a 5 to 4 vote. School lunch prices will increase by five cents. The original proposal was for a 10 cents increase.
This is the second increase in a year. Elementary and middle school lunch prices were raised from $2.30 to $2.40 and $2.40 to $2.50, just last summer.
According to Guilford County Schools, the increases were required as a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law in 2010.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act includes 73 new rules and regulation for Child Nurtition Programs. Some of the new requirements includes:
- Ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week
- Require all grain products to be whole grain rich
- allow only fat-free or low milk (flavored milk must be fat free)
- Limit calories based on the grade of the student
- Increase efforts to reduce sodium, saturated fat and trans fat
As part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, all district must comply with a meal price equity requirement. This means districts may choose to cover the difference in revenue with non-Federal funds (local dollars) instead of raising meal prices. And the maxium annual increase required is 10 cents; however, districts may establish a higher increase at their discretion.
According to school officials, the increase will allow them to meet the required price and avoid the possibility of a more substantial increase in the future.
How did they vote?
J. Carlvena Foster