The USDA has required school systems across the country to evaluate the price charged for “paid” lunch and adjust the price according the Equity in School Lunch Meals Pricing Provision. The provision says school systems can’t rely on federal dollars from the free/reduced price lunch program to help cover the cost to produce a lunch for students who pay full price. School systems are required to increase the price of paid lunches by five or ten cents each to make up the difference between the Federal free and paid reimbursement amounts.
Yancey County Schools are required by law to increase lunch prices by ten cents for the 2014-15 school year, with the price for breakfast remaining the same as last year at $1 for all grades. The reduced price for breakfast and lunch also remains the same for all grades at 40 cents making Yancey County Schools prices among the lowest in the region.
In Mitchell County there will be no increase in lunch prices thanks to a vote by the school board to use local funds to supplement the offset in price increases. The paid price for lunch for K-5 remains at $1.75 while the students in 6-12 will continue to pay $2.00 for their lunches. Students who qualify for reduced lunch prices will also continue to pay the same price as last year for lunch and breakfast, 40 cents as set by the Federal government.