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School lunches to get more expensive in Greencastle-Antrim district

May 09, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School District will raise lunch prices for the second time in three years this fall.

Elementary school lunches will increase from $1.60 to $1.70, secondary lunches from $1.90 to $2, and adult lunches from $3 to $3.25, as approved May 1 by the board.

During the 2005-06 school year, lunches in the district were $1.50 for elementary lunches, $1.80 for secondary lunches and $2.85 for adult lunches.

"Every year, we review it and take things into consideration," superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said. "Whether we need more food, how much it is, and we also take into account other districts in the county."

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As of the 2007-08 school year, elementary and secondary lunches in the Waynesboro Area School District are $1.70 and $1.85, respectively, while those in the Chambersburg Area School District and Tuscarora School District are $1.80 and $1.95, respectively.

Milk prices in the school district will remain at 35 cents, the same price as Tuscarora. Milk in the Waynesboro and Chambersburg districts costs 40 cents.

"We usually do a local chart to see where everyone else is and try to stay in the ballpark," said Tina Mowen, interim food service director. "At the end of each year, we try to find the cheapest produce, bread and dairy to provide the lowest lunch prices. Unfortunately, everything has risen."

No revenue will be created from the rise in lunch prices, according to Hoover and Mowen.

"It's regulated," Mowen said. "We don't make anything on it."

Free and reduced-price lunch prices still apply for eligible students. A reduced lunch should remain at 40 cents, a price set by the National School Lunches Program (NSLP) and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Greencastle-Antrim, as well as the other Franklin County districts, participates in NSLP, a federally assisted, nutritionally balanced meal program.

"Reduced lunch prices are federally regulated. They are the same across the state and the nation," said Michael Race, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. "School districts can set the price at anything up to 40 cents, but they can't go over that price."

Assistance for a free or reduced-price lunch is based on income guidelines as determined by the department of education.

According to the department, students from families with incomes at 130 percent of the poverty line and students from families receiving food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are eligible for free lunches.

Students from families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty line are eligible for reduced-price lunches.




School lunch prices



2005-06 2006-08 2008-09

Elementary students $1.50 $1.60 $1.70

Secondary students $1.80 $1.90 $2

Adults $2.85 $3 $3.25

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