by Susan Oâ€™Neill
Students at the middle school and high school saw a decrease in their cost for a hot lunch from $2.50 to $2 when school started. This benefit comes from an overage in the net cash reserves for the food service program, according to guidelines in the federally-funded program.
The school food service account is required to limit its net cash resources to an amount that does not exceed three monthsâ€™ average expenditures for its nonprofit school food service.
According to Assistant Superintendent for Business Julie-Ann Fuchs, one significant advantage of this change is that the hot lunch program is a well-balanced and nutritional meal consistent with the district’s wellness policy. By reducing the price, students may be encouraged to select a healthier choice for their lunch, she wrote in a memo to the board.