Hawaii school lunch prices expected to increase

Hawaii school lunch prices expected to increase

HONOLULU (AP) - The price of Hawaii school lunches is expected to go up in the fall.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reports prices would go up by 25 cents - to $2.75 for high-schoolers and $2.50 for elementary and intermediate students.

Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent overseeing food services, spoke Tuesday before the finance committee of the Hawaii Board of Education.

Carlson says his department has a statutory increase requirement. He's referring to a 2009 state law that requires meal prices be set at a level "not less than half" the cost of preparing a meal.

Officials say each meal costs $5.51 to prepare.

The one-time increase was unanimously approved by the finance committee. A full board approval of the recommendation is expected at its next meeting.

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