Lunch in Greencastle-Antrim will cost more next school year

ZACH GLENN, The Record Herald Contact Zach Glenn at 717-762-2151, or on Twitter: @zglenn_RH

Lunch prices are set to go up for the 2016-17 school year in the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

Prices will increase a dime across the board which includes everything from breakfasts and lunches to milk. The price hike will include both student and adult lunches and is done in order to comply with a pricing formula put forth by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Prices during the 2016-17 school year will be:

• Elementary lunch — $2.30

• Elementary breakfast — $1.40

• Secondary lunch — $2.60

• Secondary breakfast — $1.50

• Adult lunch — $3.85

• Milk (for students and adults) — 50 cents

One of the more interesting increases is for milk which has remained at a 40 cent price for several years prior to this recent increase.

“(The reason for the increase) is because there’s higher intolerance,” said Jolinda Wilson, chief financial support services officer for Greencastle-Antrim School District. She said the district has had to provide soy beverage in addition to regular milk. Wilson said the soy beverage is much more expensive than cow’s milk.

While the district does carry alternatives for people with negative reactions to dairy  in addition to milk, the prices for all milk and alternative beverages are the same, according to Wilson.

New to the 2016-17 year will be breakfast in all of the schools which is planned for gradual phase in over the course of the school year. The district rolled out a test for a breakfast program at its elementary school for this year, but secondary breakfast has not yet been available.

While the proposed price of breakfast for secondary students will also increase from the $1.40 when it was first proposed, to $1.50, when it will likely be implemented, the price change was necessary due to costs can’t be predicted until you actually get a program up and running, Wilson said.