School lunch prices going up to pay for healthier food

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 7:00 PM

WILLIAMSBURG - The price of school lunch is going up a bit to meet a federal mandate for healthier food.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires schools to dish out more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and only fat-free or low-fat milk.

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday night to is voting tonight to raise school lunch prices by 10 cents. Elementary students will pay $2.30, middle students will pay $2.40 and high school rates will range from $2.55-$3.30.

For a family with three children in school, the price hike means an additional 30 cents a day. Over the entire 180-day school year, that family will pay an extra $54.

In York County, prices will also go up 10 cents. Elementary students will pay $2.35, middle students will pay $2.45 and high schools students will be charged $3.10.

Portsmouth and Hampton families will see lunch prices go up a nickel. Portsmouth elementary and middle students will pay $1.40. Hampton now charges $1.65 for elementary students and $1.85 for middle students.

Virginia Beach also went up a dime making lunch cost $2.40 for all students.

Norfolk charges $1.70 for elementary students and $1.85 for middle school students.

Chesapeake charges $2.10 for elementary and middle students. Suffolk elementary students pay $1.55, and middle students pay $1.70.

Newport News elementary students pay $2.05, and middle and high students pay $2.15.

 

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