Cafeteria prices increase

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Options for school lunches at Fruitport, Grand Haven and Spring Lake schools will all see price increases. Fruitport and Grand Haven prices will rise by 10 cents, and Spring Lake prices will be up 25 cents.

Sarah Stone, director of dining services for Chartwells School Dining Services at Grand Haven Area Public Schools, said the change is a result of the Healthy Hungry-free Kids Act of 2010.

Each year, schools must evaluate their prices to comply with the Equity in School Lunch Pricing.

“We look at the current per-meal federal reimbursement rates and our current pricing to determine if an increase is needed,” Stone said.

On average, the Grand Haven district serves more than 2,500 lunches each school day. With the increased prices, Grand Haven elementary school students will pay $2.45, and secondary student lunches will cost $2.70.

On average, Spring Lake schools served an average of 955 lunches a day last year. Spring Lake’s elementary students will pay $2.35 for lunch this coming year, and secondary students in grades 5-12 will be paying on a sliding scale from $2.60 to $4.15.

In addition to a 10-cent hike, Fruitport Community Schools’ secondary students will see fewer meal tier price choices, said Mark Mesbergen, the district’s interim director of business services. As elementary students now pay $2.25 for lunch, students in grades 6-12 grades will pay $2.60 instead of on a sliding scale.

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