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Brevard County School Board Votes to Raise Meal Prices

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Brevard County, FL – In order to sustain and enhance the quality of its school meal programs, the Brevard County School Board has approved a strategic price increase for school lunches and breakfasts over the next two years. The decision, made during a recent board workshop, aims to cover the rising costs of food, labor, and supplies, while also allowing for necessary cafeteria upgrades.

Kevin Thornton, the Chief Operating Officer of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), outlined the necessity of the price adjustments. According to Thornton, FNS operates eight food programs and serves over 10.1 million meals annually, emphasizing the importance of nutritionally balanced meals for academic and physical development.

Under the new plan, prices for elementary school lunches will increase from $2.10 to $2.50 in FY25, and further to $2.80 in FY26. Secondary school lunches will see a rise from $2.50 to $3.00 in FY25, and to $3.30 in FY26. Adult meal prices will also see adjustments, with breakfast increasing from $1.60 to $2.00 in FY25 and $2.30 in FY26, and lunches from $3.10 to $3.60 in FY25, eventually reaching $3.90 in FY26.

These changes reflect an effort to maintain financial sustainability for the FNS, which is self-supported but has been struggling with costs that outpace the funding received for meals. Despite these increases, Brevard maintains one of the lowest lunch prices in the state, ranking fifth.

Rachad Wilson, the Food and Nutrition Services Director, highlighted that the price hike is part of a broader initiative to reinvest in the school’s food service infrastructure and enhance meal quality. “This two-year plan is essential for us to continue providing high-quality, nutritious meals to all students,” said Wilson. Importantly, students at Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools will continue to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost, ensuring that the district’s most economically disadvantaged students are not impacted by the price increase.

The school board’s decision comes amid broader economic challenges and inflationary pressures that have increased operational costs across the country. According to the FNS, annual reviews and adjustments will be made as necessary to respond to economic fluctuations.

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As the new prices take effect, the Brevard County School Board remains committed to ensuring that all students have access to healthy and nutritious meals, which are crucial for fostering a conducive learning environment.

This article was written with the assistance of AI.

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