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School lunch prices increase for 2019-20

The Wake County Board of Education approved a price increase for 2019-20 school lunches.


At elementary schools, full-paid lunches will increase 20 cents to $2.75. At middle and high schools, full paid lunches will increase 20 cents to $3.00.


Federal law - the Paid Lunch Equity requirement of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act - requires school lunch price increases until Paid Lunch Equity is established. The most recent weighted average lunch price gap based on 2016-17 meal prices was $0.38 based on calculations using the WCPSS 2019-20 PLE Tool. Lunch prices are being increased to reduce the PLE price gap.


School lunch continues to be a great value. Meals are nutrient rich and include low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean meats, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables with a variety of offerings for students to choose from daily.


Breakfast prices remain the same as last year. Full paid breakfast will remain $1.25 at elementary schools and $1.50 at middle and high schools. 


The meal prices remain reasonable compared to other school systems in North Carolina.