Parents willing to pay for ‘better’ school food

Survey says parents are willing to pay up to $2 more for healthier lunches.

The Mercer Island School District conducted an online survey to find out what Island parents think of the food served to their children at school.

Around 400 Islanders who have one or more children or teenagers enrolled at Island schools took the survey.

Just under half of the respondents had a child in an Island elementary school, one third at Islander Middle School and 20 percent at Mercer Island High School.

The most interesting fact from the survey was that 60%  said they would be willing to pay an extra $1 or more for healthy changes to the menu. A third of those respondents said they would be willing to pay up to an additional $2 per meal.