Significant lunch price increase for Salem students
On Tuesday night, the School Board approved Superintendent Michael Delahanty’s recommendation to raise lunch prices by 30 cents. Delahanty cited falling net revenues for the food services programs as well as more stringent federal guidelines for school food that have and will be going into effect in the future.
“This is a significant and substantial jump from where we have been,” said Delahanty. “Thirty cents is quite a bit of money to ask people to increase when it comes to school lunch, but we have kept our prices artificially low for many years. For the last few, we went up by a dime, and we continue to see a decrease in our expense and income rate.”
“We have a balance in the food services that has been decreasing steadily for the past few years and we need to try to catch up somehow,” said Delahanty.
While he said the federal guidelines are largely to provide healthier ingredients, Delahanty said the food might not taste as good to students, leading to fewer who wish to purchase lunch at school.
School Board member Michael Carney noted that while it is a large increase in school lunch prices, the prices are still lower than most school districts in the state.
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