ELLIJAY, Ga. – During their May work session, the Gilmer County Board of Education heard a proposal from Director of Nutrition Services Linda Waters to increase meal prices in our schools.
Citing a March 2011 USDA Equity in School Lunch Pricing Fact Sheet and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 in the proposal, Waters said at the meeting that a Federal Regulation is forcing the increase from the 2010 act as a ten cent increase for Pre-K through 8th Grade. Instead, Waters proposed an alternative plan for the regulation to increase meals for all schools by five cents instead.
Approved by the board in their regular session, the meal prices will go into effect for the 2018-2019 school year.
During the meeting, Waters also informed the board that she would be moving towards more “scratch-made” meals in her efforts to increase student participation and response to the school’s meal plans.