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School System Forced To Increase Price Of Lunches

June 15th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Some members of the Allegany County Board of Education are outraged that the system is being forced to implement an increase for school lunches beginning this fall. A federally mandated focus on providing healthier school menus will lead to higher costs- and that cost will be passed on to the parents. During a report to the Board this week, Todd Lutton, director of food services for Allegany County Public Schools, said that the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, and other changes required by the government, will drive up the cost of the average lunch. In additional changes will see popular items such as macaroni and cheese and tator tots eliminated. A five cent increase has been recommended. The system loses money on every lunch it serves- and even with this increase- that won’t change, noting that it’s going to cost more than six cents per lunch to meet the new regulations.  Board member Jeff Metz said it is criminal for the board to have to increase lunch prices and he blasted the federal government for applying yet another mandate…

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