Schools consider price hike to cover healthy regulations

Pa. school boards voting on price increase.

April 19—At Crawford Central and Penncrest school districts, in Pa., foodservice is facing increased expenses as they comply with new standards for healthier school meals put into place under the recently enacted federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Crawford Central School Board is scheduled to vote Monday on increasing school lunch prices from the current $1.75 to $2.40 for elementary students and from the current $1.85 to $2.50 for high school students. Penncrest, which currently charges $2 for both elementary and high school lunches, will raise its prices to $2.50 for elementary students and $2.60 for high schoolers. The increase was approved by Penncrest School Board by an 8-0 vote during its recent monthly meeting.