School breakfast, lunch prices likely to rise


The Patriot

The price of school breakfasts and lunches will likely increase next year in the county.

Tuesday the Pulaski County School Board heard a proposal from School Nutrition Director Ethelene Sadler to raise the cost of breakfast by 10 cents and lunch by 15.

Sadler told the board the increase is due to the rising costs of food and supplies.

The proposed increases would put the cost of student breakfasts at $1.25 and $1.75 for adults.

Student lunches for grades K-5 would cost $1.90, and $2.00 for students in grades 6-12.

The adult lunch price would rise to $3.00.

Sadler said that, even with the increases, Pulaski County’s meal prices are well below those of neighboring school divisions.

Currently, Wythe County has the highest student breakfast cost at $1.60 as well as adult breakfasts at $2.85.

Montgomery County leads the way with the highest lunch costs – $2.65 for elementary, $2.75 for middle, and $3.75 for high school and adult.

Sadler said increases would also be seen for ala carte prices.

School meal prices are monitored by the National School Lunch Program, which provides school divisions with a Paid Lunch Equity tool. Use of the tool is required to participate in the school lunch program.

The Paid Lunch Equity tool is used to ensure federal reimbursement dollars for free and reduced price meals are not used to subsidize the cost of a full price meal.

Sadler’s presentation Tuesday was part of the school board’s information agenda, and will be brought back to the board next month for approval.