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School Lunch Prices Could Rise for Students Across Somerset County

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WESTOVER, Md.- Some students and parents pay more for school lunches again next year in Somerset County.

According to Board of Education Spokesperson Leo Lawson, funding for the Food and Nutrition Service program is running low.

Lawson said estimations show that the fiscal year will end nearly $46,000 short. He said several factors attribute to the deficiency.

"The food, according to our food service manager has gone up quite a bit; not only the fresh food and produce, but other foods [too]," Lawson said.

The school board raised the price of school lunches by 15 cents this academic year.
Students from pre-kindergarten to the eighth grade pay $2.00 for lunch. High School students pay $2.25. Students eligible for reduced fares pay 40 cents for lunch.

Felicia Corbin, who lives in Princess Anne, has a son in High School.
She said it can be costly.

" It does add up, and sometimes you that's difficult because I work also and there are lunch prices for me also," Corbin said. " It's kind of hard, especially when you're a single parent, it makes it a little hard on the household income," she said.

The money flow has been slow this year, putting a strain on the FNS budget.

"We lost nine days this year because of inclement weather, and we believe that it has impacted our profit margin," Lawson said.

He said sales are also down because more students are packing lunches or not eating at all.

Lawson said the school board will meet April 15th to discuss the finance reports. If the board decides to raise the meal prices again he said " they would try to keep it at a real minimum."

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