Created: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:55:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:33:20 MST
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- District 51 students will be seeing an increase in meal price by 25 Cents for the upcoming school year.
This increase is in result of the Healthy Hungry Free-Kids Act passed by legislation in 2010.
This act provides nutritional standards to help prevent child obesity.
For the upcoming year, elementary school meals will now cost $2.65, Middle School will cost $2.75 and High School meals will now cost $3.00
"This year we're at the point where we do have to increase that price mainly because the program cost has gone up and labor has gone up, Payroll taxes have gone up and food costs have gone up. Overall, prices have gone up,” Said Dan Sharp, Food Services Director for District 51.
Officials would like to remind parents the increase helps the school to continue to provide nutritional meals throughout the school year.
Although this year the school district will increase meal prices, officials say they anticipate the price will not be increased again for the next two school years.