Price increase necessary for new meal regs

The increases range from 6% to 8.3%, depending on the type of meal.

May 29—Colchester Public Schools, in Norwich, Conn., plans to raise prices on its lunches next year, in part to comply with new federal nutrition requirements.

The new meal patterns introduce more fresh food and menu items lower in fat and sodium, Colchester Public Schools Cafeteria Supervisor Sharon Floyd said. With that quality comes a bump in price.

The move means prices for the $2 and $2.50 hot lunches served from kindergarten through grade 12 will rise 15 cents. Deli lunches served in grades 9 through 12 will go up by 25 cents, to $3.25. The increases range from 6% to 8.3%, depending on the type of meal.