Leroy Merkel, director of food services for the district, said the district will receive a reimbursement from the government for 95 percent of the cost of the lunches.
The district will get reimbursed at a price of $3.05 per meal.
The remaining 5 percent of the cost will be covered by the cost of the a la carte food, he
explained that the free lunches apply to the meal as menued.
So if a student just wants a piece of pizza, or a water or a soft pretzel and that happens mostly at the secondary level then they have to pay for that and that should more than cover the remaining costs, he
The meals on the menu comply with the new federal regulations to make school means more nutritious.
The 2010 re-authorization of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act also significantly tightened the nutritional requirements for the school lunches, Merkel
For example, the K-8 lunch menu has to be between 600 and 650 calories and it has minimums and maximums for grains and proteins as well, Merkel
Its all aimed at combating childhood obesity, said Merkel
The district has been preparing for the change, Merkel
said, particularly given that in the seven or eight states where this program was piloted, schools reported seeing a 25 percent increase in students coming in for breakfast and a 13 percent increase of those getting lunch.
Our numbers were already on the high side already, so I would guess were going to see an increase of between 8-to-10 percent, he
Even with that increase, the district is prepared for the start of the program at the start of school, on Sept. 2, Merkel
Were ready to go, he