South Colonie increases lunch prices at its schools

Buhner is hoping that in the future, the district may be able to receive some aid from the government for bringing healthier options to its students.

"It does cost a little bit more to eat healthier, and really, there needs to be some support for schools to be able to purchase higher quality food," he said. "So, it would be nice if we saw some adjustment to support for schools in the next few years."

Buhner said the district does receive some federal reimbursements for their lunch program, though the reimbursement rate has not increased in several years.

"We certainly don't want to raise lunch prices if we don't have to, but we still have to buy the products to make the lunches, so a lot of those materials have gone up [in price,]" he said.

The district puts bids out for the lunch products it purchases and Buhner said even with bidding, the costs for school lunch programs have increased because the cost of food has increased.


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