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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Lunch prices going up

  • Items on the school lunch menus in the Hannibal School District are rising.
    It's only a five-cent increase, however, this did happen a year ago and appears as if it will continue.
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  • Items on the school lunch menus in the Hannibal School District are rising.
    It's only a five-cent increase, however, this did happen a year ago and appears as if it will continue.
    Outgoing Hannibal School District Business Manager Dana Ruhl explained the reasoning.
    "We're reimbursed for our free and reduced lunches, and we're also reimbursed a certain amount for our full paid lunches. The bigger reimbursement is for the free and reduced lunches. What USDA, in reimbursing those monies to us, does not want the free and reduced reimbursement to subsidize what we pay for the food costs for the full lunch prices," Ruhl said. "They want students and their families to pay as much as, or get closer to paying as much the full lunch, as the reimbursements are for the free and reduced."
    The motion passed, but not with out a couple of votes going against it.
    Those votes came from board members Mark Bross and Michael Holliday.
    It's a local control issue. It's a mandate," Bross said. "We ought to be able to charge what we feel is comfortable for lunches in our district. If we do that every year, it creeps up over time. We've got to be conscious of who's buying our lunches and what the economic status of our community is."
    "I hate to see people who are paying the full price on our lunches to have it increased when we have quite a significant percentage of free and reduced lunches," Holliday added.
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