School Officials Try To Keep Student Lunch Prices Down

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

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.


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  • by Mom Location: KY on Sep 17, 2008 at 07:26 AM
    Everybody knows that people who qualify get free or reduced price meals at school. At least our kids can go to clean schools, have hot meals, and get an education. People in a lot of countries do not have that luxury. Yes, I said luxury, because sometimes we forget just how blessed we are to be living in THIS country.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Sep 17, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    Where there is smoke, there is fire....
  • by mj on Sep 17, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    And what exactly do you think that will change? Open your eyes and look beyond the party, because this country will suffer with Obama....stop following the leader" and see what is really there...
  • by karen Location: harlan on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    In a country as great as America one would think that lunch would be free but out elected President would rather spend 100 billion a year on a stupid war in Iraq, lets vote this bunch out(McBush) in November.

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