The Board of Education approved a 10-cent increase in lunch prices at the July 23rd Board meeting. Jean Kinder, Food Service Director, explained that schools participating in the National School Lunch Program must provide the same support for lunch services to students who are not eligible for free or reduced price lunches to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the food service account for paid lunches. Pricing paid lunches below the cost of production increases Federal subsidies for higher income children. A spreadsheet to calculate prices, costs and weighted average price is used to determine if lunch prices need to be increased to meet the requirement. The required weighted average price for 2014-2015 is $2.20. Lunch prices will increase 10 cents for the 2014-2015 school year. The price increase does not affect students who receive free or reduced-price lunches. in 2013-14, 58% of the lunches served were free and 10% were reduced.
2013-2014 QPS Meal Prices 2014-2015 QPS Meal Prices
PreK – 6th $2.00 PreK-6th $2.10
7th – 12th $2.25 7th – 12th $2.35
Ms. Kinder told the Board that the increase is 50 cents per week per student and approximately $17.60 per year. The additional revenue of approximately $25,430 will be used to pay for increasing food costs, new equipment, contractual obligations and improving the quality of foods offered to students. School lunch programs should not make a profit but use all funds to maintain and improve the program. An additional 10-cent increase will likely be required next year as well. The smaller yearly increases are more manageable for families. The Federal guidelines on pricing do not apply to breakfast.