June 22, 2024 2:50 pm
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Higher Meal Prices Expected for Wake County Students

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Wake County students will likely face higher meal prices this fall, as administrators recommend a 25-cent increase for both breakfast and lunch. This rise, aimed at countering escalating costs, will see elementary school meals priced at $1.75 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch, while middle and high school meals will cost $2 and $3.75 respectively.

The increase, which the school board will vote on May 21, won’t affect students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Currently, 37% of Wake County students qualify for these subsidies, a jump from 32% pre-pandemic. Paula De Lucca, the senior director for Child Nutrition Services, highlighted the necessity of the hike to cover higher salaries, food, and supplies costs, and to comply with federal nutrition standards. The increase is expected to generate about $1.1 million.