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Feds are raising the cost of school lunches

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - Some East Texas school districts say it's more government intrusion for them, after a federal mandate takes effect that could cost your kids more in the lunchroom.

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 forces schools to raise the price of school lunches for kids who pay, to equal the value of lunches given to kids who don't pay.

It's all tied to federal reimbursement for lunches that schools give to needy students.

Families who qualify can get free meals for their kids from schools. Now the USDA is telling schools to raise prices on meals on children who actually pay.

In layman's terms, the districts have to raise the prices on the meals they charge for students who can afford them to equal the value of the meals that they give to students who can't afford them.

On average schools are reimbursed by the government $2.76 per meal for students on the free meal program.

Many are concerned for parents who could afford it before, but may not now.

The bottom line is, if schools want to get reimbursed for the cost of free meals, they have to go along.

Some parents and school administrators worry that more control is on the horizon.

Both Hallsville and Gladewater school districts have raised the price of their meals by 25 cents, and say they will slowly add to the price until the reach the mandate price.

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