Braintree Public Schools will increase the cost of school lunches this year to be more in line with the state’s cost, Braintree officials said.
Prices will increase 10 cents for students to $2.10 for the middle schools and $2.30 for high school. Lunches for adults have increased 25 cents, to $3.25.
Braintree’s School Committee was required to increase the cost of lunches due to the current low prices the town charges in relation to the reimbursement the state provides the town for free and reduced-price lunches.
Prices will have to continue to be increased at a minimum of 10 cents a year for the next three years to stay on par with that target.
According to Superintendent Peter Kurzberg, the school committee thought it would be best to raise the cost of lunch slowly rather than doing one big jump.
“I think it’s recognizing the hardship that raising food prices or lunch prices can mean for families, particularly families with more than one child in the system,” Kurzberg said. “If it’s not necessary to raise the cost and still maintain a viable program, then the committee felt there’s no reason to increase it more than necessary.”
The new prices will be announced in Braintree’s back-to-school newsletter. As such, there hasn’t been much feedback yet on the new prices.
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