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Price Of School Lunches Could Go Up

The price of school lunches at CMS will likely go up by 10 or 15 cents next year to cover the price of more fruits and vegetables. Proposed federal guidelines for school lunches call for a switch to whole grains, low-fat milk, and low sodium meals as well as more produce. Amy Harkey who helps oversee nutrition at CMS says the district already complies with many of the proposed requirements. "The biggest change for students will be they will have to take a fruit or vegetable at lunch. Right now they can decline it," says Harkey. "The government is going to require them to take a fruit and vegetable because kids don't eat enough fruits and vegetables." Harkey says prices will likely continue to inch up in following years to equal what the federal government pays to feed low-income students. That's $2.74. Lunches currently cost $2 at CMS. Superintendent Peter Gorman says it would be the first price increase for lunches in ten years.