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Healthier school lunches driving prices up

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(Times Free Press) -- The cost of school lunches will increase in public school systems throughout the region as districts work to incorporate healthier — and more costly — federal meal guidelines.

The price of breakfast and lunch will go up by 25 cents in Hamilton County schools, putting the cost of regular breakfast at $1.50 and regular lunch at $2.75. That could mean an extra $42.50 for students who eat all 170 or so lunches in a school year — or $85 more a year for a student who eats school breakfast and lunch each day.

Many other Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia school districts will see more modest increases of 5 or 10 cents per meal.

Some school nutrition workers say prices must go up to cover the U.S. Department of Agriculture's more rigorous school meal requirements that went into effect in July.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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