A trip to the grocery store is not what it used to be.
Food prices are rising and local schools are feeling the impact just like many of us.
Officials in least one local school system are trying to keep it from affecting kids at least for now.
In a recent local newspaper report, some Middlesboro school students said schools had cut their portions, to the point they were going hungry.
Middlesboro Independent's food service director says that's simply not true.
“We still have to offer the same amount of food. The guidelines have not changed. We still have to offer the same amount of food, we still have to offer the same portions,” Debbie Mayes said.
We asked students what they thought.
“If it was a choice of bringing food or eating here, I'd eat here,” Madeline Greene said.
But extras are the exception these days.
School officials say food prices jumped about forty percent in just the last year.
They're now keeping a close eye on what they're giving students.
“The biggest thing is waste. You don't to put something on that kid's plate he's not going to eat 'cause it's just going to be a waste of time, the food, and it's all going to go in the garbage,” Mayes said.
Middlesboro Independent hasn't raised student meal prices in at least 20 years, and by keeping a close eye on everything, they hope to keep it that way.
Middlesboro Independent did have to raise it's adult lunch prices by fifty cents.