Photo: Monroe Councilwoman Rubin and Superintendent Lolli
by Tara Kunkle
It seems like the price of everything is going up in today's world. Whether it is gas, groceries, and even your child's lunch prices.
I asked Superintendent Libbie Lolli of the Monroe Local Schools about prices. She said in the past the school district has always been able to keep their lunch prices reasonably low. This year it was a little harder, the lunch prices increased anywhere from 25 cents to 50 cents.
The food vendors have increased their prices by 16% this year. The school district also had to hire two additional staff members for the primary cafeteria. Two had to be transferred from the elementary cafeteria, but the two new people had to be hired to staff the kitchen completely.
Monroe Local Schools has a self-supporting cafeteria which means they must run in black. In order for this to happen the prices had to be raised. Their prices are also about the same as the other schools in the county as far as prices go.
Parents who struggle to get the money for their child's lunch can apply for federal assistance through the free and reduced lunch program. The government has created a chart that determines whether a family is eligible for free or reduced lunch prices.
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