School lunch prices to increase

Monday, June 23rd 2008, 10:13 pm
By: News 9

By Stacey Cameron, NEWS 9

Oklahoma City Public Schools plan to increase the price of school lunches for the first time in a decade.

The number of students relying on the school for a free meal is also on the rise, according to Tierney Cook with the school district.

"We've already seen increase in both breakfast and the lunches," Cook said.

The district's Summer Nutrition program provides free breakfast and lunches to anyone up to and including 18-years-old. Currently, the schools are serving around 2,000 more meals a day than they did last summer.

"We're all feeling the pinch," Cook said.

While the district won't specifically blame high gas prices and groceries on the growing number of families relying on free meals, Cook said the program is prepared for all the new children eating the school's breakfast and lunches.

The cost of school lunches in OKC remain under $2 a meal.