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The Cost Of A Free Lunch: Why Some School Districts Have To Hike Meal Prices

A cafeteria worker prepares lunch trays for first grade students. Tippecanoe has had to retrain its food service workers because the new guidelines have changed how some entrees are served.

Students in some Indiana school corporations could see steadily increasing school lunch prices in years to come until their districts satisfy a new mandate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, our colleagues at Indiana Public Media report. That’s because USDA officials say some schools are charging less than the $2.86 per meal they receive from the federal [...]

Could Healthier School Lunch Rules Hurt District Budgets?

Critical though they may be in the Obama administration’s effort to combat childhood obesity, some smaller school districts worry new federal health guidelines for school lunches could come at a high cost. From Indiana Public Media: Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation spokesperson Nancy Millspaugh says the district has already been working to make school meals healthier.

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