Guilford County Schools Board Vote To Increase Lunch 5 cents For 2013-2014 School Year

10:30 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Tuesday night, the Guilford County Board of Education voted to increase school lunch for the 2013-2014 school year.

It passes by a narrow margin of a 5 to 4 vote. School lunch prices will increase by five cents. The original proposal was for a 10 cents increase.

This is the second increase in a year. Elementary and middle school lunch prices were raised from $2.30 to $2.40 and $2.40 to $2.50, just last summer.

According to Guilford County Schools, the increases were required as a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law in 2010.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act includes 73 new rules and regulation for Child Nurtition Programs. Some of the new requirements includes:

  • Ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week
  • Require all grain products to be whole grain rich
  • allow only fat-free or low milk (flavored milk must be fat free)
  • Limit calories based on the grade of the student
  • Increase efforts to reduce sodium, saturated fat and trans fat

As part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, all district must comply with a meal price equity requirement. This means districts may choose to cover the difference in revenue with non-Federal funds (local dollars) instead of raising meal prices. And the maxium annual increase required is 10 cents; however, districts may establish a higher increase at their discretion.

According to school officials, the increase will allow them to meet the required price and avoid the possibility of a more substantial increase in the future.

How did they vote?

Yea votes
Sandra Alexander
Ed Price
Rebecca Buffington
Linda Welborn
Darlene Garrett

Nay Votes
Jeff Belton
Nancy Routh
Alan Duncan
Deena Hayes

No vote
Amos Quick
J. Carlvena Foster

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