It's been three years since the price of meals
has gone up for students and teachers in the Clinton Public School District. But increasing food and labor costs are
necessitating a price increase.
"The cost of everything has gone up," saidChild Nutrition Director Regina Ducksworth. "We try
not to go up on our prices, but with the economy the way it is we have no
choice but to increase the price to cover the cost of food."
Clinton schools use a federally funded, nonprofit food
service program, but Duckworth says they are required to cover the cost of meals. The mandate stems from the federal Healthy Hunger-Free
Kids Act of 2010 and the National School Lunch Program.
"The way for us to do that is to make sure that we're
charging students enough to cover the cost of meals," said Ducksworth.
Effective for the 2013-2014 school year:
Student lunches – increasing from $2.25 to $2.50 per day.
Student breakfast – increasing from $1.50 to $1.75 per
Adult (teacher) breakfast – increasing from $1.75 to $2
Adult lunch – increasing from $3 to $3.25 per day
The lunch cost includes an entrée, bread, fruit,
vegetable and a beverage.
"For this, you get a full meal, and a balanced meal," said Ducksworth. "It's still a great price, and it's healthy. We have to keep
the fat content at 30 percent or less. And parents know that their kids are
getting a good, hot meal each day."
If there is a hardship, Ducksworth says parents can apply at any time
during the year for free and reduced meals. There are applications
at every school, in most school offices and cafeterias.
Through My Payments Plus, parents can also pay in advance
for student meals.
"You can pay for the day, the week, the month, semester
or year in advance," Ducksworth said. "You can also go on there and see if your child
is eating. If they're purchasing snacks, you can see what they are purchasing."
Lunch menus and links to My Payments Plus are available
on the district's Web site, For more information, contact the Child
Nutrition department at (601) 924-4002.
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