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Lunch prices to increase at Parishville-Hopkinton

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PARISHVILLE — Students buying lunch at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School will need an extra dime from their parents, as the price of both elementary and high school lunches will increase by 10 cents.

Food Service Manager David Gravlin said the change is a result of federal legislation designed to have the prices districts charge for meals be more in line with federal reimbursement rates.

Mr. Gravlin said there is a formula based on the prices charged by the district this year. After entering the district’s information, Mr. Gravlin said he was required to increase the price of lunches 9 cents, but to make things easier and to generate a little extra revenue, he suggested raising them an even a dime.

“This year the average lunch increased in cost about 50 cents per meal,” he said. “They (the federal government) only gave us an increase of 6 cents per meal.”

Mr. Gravlin also suggested raising the price of breakfast, which has been untouched for years, from $1 to $1.25.

While this year breakfast was free from the new school food regulations, Mr. Gravlin said next year breakfast will also fall under government regulations.

“I anticipate we’ll see those regulations increase the price of food for breakfast,” he said.

Even with the increase, board of education member Robert White said he considers school lunches a bargain.

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