Foods grown by Saratoga County farmers on the way to cafeterias in the Saratoga Springs City School District. Districts across the country are integrating new food rules based on federal nutrition standards. Submitted photo.
The cost of implementing the new guidelines remains to be seen. Sullivan said many factors will influence the bottom line, not the least of which is participation.
“The more kids that participate, the more financially solid we’ll be at that point,” she said.
For now, she estimates a 6 cent increase per meal, but it will be absorbed within food services. Meal prices will remain the same as last year. As the school year progresses, the district will have a better idea of what the cost will be, and there may be a price increase in the future.
Neighboring district Shenendehowa is also facing a price increase due to the new guidelines.
Kathleen Wetmore, assistant superintendent for Shenendehowa Central Schools said that the cost of her district implementing the new food rules was still being worked out, but it would likely mean a 5 cent increase for all meals across the board. Discounted meals will remain at 25 cents.
For more information on the guidelines within the Saratoga Springs City School District, visit www.saratogaschools.org/foodservice.
Marcy Velte contributed to the reporting of this story.