VACAVILLE — Middle and high school students in the Vacaville School District will pay a bit more money in the upcoming year for school lunches.
The Vacaville board of education voted Thursday night to raise middle school lunch prices from $3 to $3.25 and high school lunches from $3 to $3.50.
In keeping up with federal guidelines and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the school district must calculate yearly to make sure that federal reimbursements for students in the free lunch program do not surpass the combination of federal reimbursements and revenues received from other sources for students on paid status.
Without the increase, and to remain in compliance, the normally self-sustaining program would have to dip into the district’s general fund.
The feds will not subsidize the paid portion of the program, said Theresa Stout, the director of nutrition services, in a Friday interview.
“If you keep the prices too low, they are in effect subsidizing,” she said.
While the elementary school sites saw an increase in lunch prices in the 2012-13 school year, the secondary schools have not seen an increase in seven years.
District reports indicate that a rise in the meal price could have a “temporary negative” affect on the number of students who buy lunches but that the negative numbers would be temporary before participation returns to normal levels.
In 2013-14, the Solano County average lunch price for secondary school sites was $2.92. Middle and high schoolers in the Vallejo, Travis, Fairfield-Suisun and Dixon school districts paid $2.75 and Benicia students paid $3.50.
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