Henry County Schools' Meal Prices Announced for 2016-2017
Submission Date: April 28, 2016
Release Date: For Immediate Release
(Release # 0044-04-16)
Henry County Schools’ Meal Prices Announced for 2016-2017
Minor increases expected due to federal regulations
HENRY COUNTY, GA – The cost of eating a school lunch will increase slightly next year due to the district’s adherence to federal regulations on reimbursements for meals served to students.
Since 2011, Henry County Schools has gradually increased its lunch prices each school year to meet the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296). As the meal reimbursement rate for students eating lunch at a free or reduced price increases, each school district participating in the National School Lunch Program must adjust the amount charged for lunches served to all other individuals. The US Department of Agriculture publishes a calculation guideline for districts to determine how much they should be charging.
The cost of a school lunch for both elementary and secondary schools is increasing by only $0.10, up from $2.20 and $2.30 respectively.
New prices of $2.30 for elementary and $2.40 for secondary schools will take effect on Monday, August 1, 2016. The date marks the first day of the upcoming school year.
Breakfast prices will remain the same for both school levels. Students pay $1.15 for breakfast at school.
Adult visitors will still be charged $1.75 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch, while Henry County Schools’ employees will pay the same $1.75 for breakfast and $3.00 for lunch.
The School Nutrition department in Henry County Schools has been recognized in recent years by the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program (GaDOE SNP) for their compliance and diligence with regards to guidelines and mandates that must be met. They serve approximately 25,000 lunches each day, 71 percent of which are free or reduced prices. They start each day by serving approximately 11,000 breakfasts, with 83.5 percent of these meals being given at free or reduced prices.
Families in the school district will be receiving notification cards by mail to serve as reminders of the changes for the upcoming school year.
For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.