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School Board Votes to Raise School Lunch, Breakfast Prices

Board president Ann Cotten-Degrasse said the 25 cent increases were necessary to maintain the free and reduced lunch programs.

Editor's Note: Story has been updated with correct prices.

The Riverhead Board of Education voted to unanimously approve a 25 cent increase to school lunches and breakfasts at their meeting on Tuesday night.

Lunches will now cost $2.25 in the elementary schools, $2.50 in the middle school, and $2.75 in the high school, while breakfast in the three schools will be $1.25, $1.50 and $1.50 respectively.

The motion passed with no discussion or debate at the meeting.

After the meeting was adjourned, board president Ann Cotten-Degrasse said the district's hands were tied because of federal rules mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Cotten-Degrasse said the federal government has a formula to determine school lunch prices in order to qualify for the free and reduced lunch programs offered to economically disadvantaged students. If schools fell below a certain amount, they were required to raise prices in order to offset the cost of the program.

"We've always been just near or at that line," Degrasse said. "It's a formula, and it showed we had to raise prices. We have to stay in the guidelines of the federal government."

Nearby school districts that are not involved with the national meal program, such as Shorham-Wading River, will not be affected by the increase.

Anne Marie August 24, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Will the food that is served also be upgraded? Or will people be paying more for the same crap?
sammie August 24, 2011 at 09:49 PM
They need to do something about letting kids charge...I got a bill for my stepson for almost $200.00 dollars are you kidding! I understand feeding kids but there has to be some limit who has that moneyall at once? I know someone that lets their kid charge, and figures the district can't do anything if he doesn't pay...True???

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