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School Lunch Prices to Increase Next Year

The higher costs are attributed to new regulations that mandate a fruit or vegetable be provided with every meal, Council Rock officials said.

 

The cost of lunch at Council Rock schools will increase next year due to new mandates that require certain healthy components be served with each meal.

The Council Rock School Board on Thursday approved increasing the cost of lunch for elementary students from $2.55 to $2.75 for the 2012-2013 school year. Middle school lunches will increase by a quarter, from $3 to $3.25.

The high schools have a la carte menus. Some items will be increasing by a nominal amount.

Council Rock students attend school for 180 days per year. The 2012-2013 school calendar has five half days. That means if an elementary school student purchased a meal each of the 175 days, he or she will end up paying $35 more next year for lunch.

Middle school students will shell out $43.75 more.

Council Rock uses Chartwells Food Service as its lunch provider. 

Each year, the school district is required to receive a proposal with regard to the financing of the food service department, said Robert Reinhart, the district’s director of business administration.  

“This year, they are requesting an increase in pricing,” Reinhart said, adding the higher costs are attributed to new regulations that mandate a fruit or vegetable be provided with every meal.

Board member Paul Anagnostakos was skeptical of the mandate. “We’re forcing something that’s going to cost us more money,” he said. “I think this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Kara Seymour April 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Just as an update, a board member has informed me that Chartwells confirmed it doesn't use pink slime at Council Rock, however, my request to their corporate HQ is in and I'll let you know if that is a blanket company policy or if it varies school district by school district.
Tim April 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
It's a falsehood to say that pink slime is "ammonia based". Read this article at HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/pink-slime-ammonia_n_1404287.html Ammonia is used to kill the pathogens - it is not the main ingredient as many think. Unfortunately most of this panic over pink slime is due to the nickname it has been given. I wish everyone would do their homework and not panic so much.
John Larkin April 27, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Ok "ammonia-based" is slightly deceiving so let me change my sentence based on the article: "These fatty beef trimmings (used as fillers for ground beef) are more susceptible to contamination than other cuts of beef and need to be sprayed with ammonia mixed with water to kill germs. This is something that has no place being in the food served to our children.
Dave Bruck April 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Chartwells does a great job handling a very important and difficult task for our kids at a reasonable price. If you have questions, reach out to Joe Twardowski, Director of Dining Services, 215.944.2797. Dave B.
Molly June 27, 2012 at 06:44 AM
School lunches suck in elementary school, get better in middle school, and hopefully next year as a freshman the lunches will be even better. But the prices are ridiculous, nearly $5.00 for a drink and pizza at newtown middle.

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