School lunch prices are going up for students in the Coweta County School System.
Elementary school lunch prices will increase from $2.60 to $2.75, while middle and high school lunch prices will increase from $2.85 to $3.
Subsidies from the National School Lunch Program provide free and reduced lunches to qualifying students in participating school districts, like Coweta County. In return, the district is required to maintain “paid lunch equity,” meaning it must charge paying students an amount in line with the national subsidy for free lunches.
Incremental increases in school lunch prices are necessary to ensure sufficient funds for the Coweta County’s nonprofit School Food Service Program to cover the cost of meals served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced lunches.
“Years ago, they realized the reimbursable rate amounted to more than the amount they were charging students to eat,” Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker said. “They decided the paying rate needs to be in line with free and reduced lunch and they needed to correct this with incremental increases.”