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School lunch price increases listed

The National School Lunch Program gives free lunches to children from families with incomes below 130 percent of poverty level and reduced price meals to those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty guidelines.

For July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, 130 percent of the poverty level is $29,055 for a family of four and 185 percent is $41,348.

According to the Mitchell School District report card, during the 2010-11 school year 46 percent of elementary students were eligible for free or reduced lunches, 40 percent of middle school students were eligible, and 25 percent of high schoolers. The lower numbers at the high school reflect the open lunch program that some students avoid.

Such lower numbers are typical statewide for high schools with open campuses, said Mitchell School District Food Service Director Sean Moen.

While there will be no increase in the price charged for reduced cost lunches next year, the following lunch prices include a 10-cent per meal increase mandated by the federal government for regular lunch prices.

The regular/reduced prices for the 2012-2013 school year will be:

• Elementary school, student breakfast, $1.50/30 cents;

• High school and middle school, student breakfast $1.65/30 cents;

• Elementary student lunch, $2.30/40 cents;

• High school and middle school, student lunch, $2.50/40 cents;

The cost of an individual 8 ounce serving of milk will go up from 30 cents to 40 cents, the first such price increase in eight years, Moen said.