Students in the Central York School District will pay an additional 10 cents for school lunches next year.
Prices for students in kindergarten through sixth grades will be $1 for breakfast and $1.95 for lunch. Middle school and high school prices will be $1.10 for breakfast and $2.15 for lunch. Students approved for reduced-priced meals will still pay 40 cents.
Business manager Brent Kessler said the district is required to increase the cost to help cover the federal reimbursement. Lunch prices will likely keep rising by 10 cents each year for the next five years to comply with a new federal requirement under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The law, while making school meals more nutritious, also prohibits districts participating in the National School Lunch Program from using federal dollars to subsidize students who don't receive free or reduced-price lunches.
The district is reimbursed about $2.51 on average per school lunch. The new law forbids school districts to charge less than that in order to prevent subsidizing paying students.
The school board unanimously approved the new lunch prices at its meeting last week.