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As Gas Goes Up, So Do Lunch Prices At Kilgore ISD

At Kilgore ISD, most of the lunches are still prepared from scratch--just like Grandma used to do it.  But gone are the days of Grandma's grocery bills.

Officials with Kilgore ISD are adjusting to those changes.

"We're serving more fresh fruit, more fresh vegetables," said Revard Pfeffer, Kilgore ISD Director of Business.  "Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are more expensive."

School cafeterias in Kilgore are like many across the nation.  There, officials said they are expecting an increase of 8 to 9 percent just in food prices.  "We have 3700 students, and our food service budget is close to $2 million," said Pfeffer.

Lunches at Kilgore elementary schools will increase a $.25, from a $1.25 to a $1.50.  At the middle and high school campuses, lunches will be $1.75. 

"The gas prices are one of the biggest things," said Jody Clements, superintendent of Kilgore ISD.  He said all of the businesses from which the district purchases its food have added those gas prices to their food prices. 

This week, the national average for a gallon of regular reached $3.56.  Here in Texas, it was at $3.46.

"It's been 6 years since we've done any increases, but there's just a point in time when you have to just move with the economy," said Clements.

The new prices don't go into effect until the fall.  Students who are on a free lunch program will not see any changes.

Layron Livingston, Reporting


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