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High School lunch price to increase 25 cents

Filed in Archive, BCHS by on January 11, 2019

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The lunch price for students at Bethlehem Central High School will increase by 25 cents, from the current $3.25 to $3.50. The change will be effective beginning Monday, February 25, 2019 at the high school only. Meal prices at the middle school and the elementary schools will remain unchanged.

The meal price increase was approved by the Board of Education at its December 19 meeting.

Food Services Director Allissa Eiser said it is the first lunch price increase at the high school since 2010, when the lunch price at the high school increased a full dollar. She said the February price increase is necessary to ensure continued quality and value in the high school lunch as food prices climb higher and to guard against drastic price increases like the one in 2010. 

“What we serve at the high school in order to meet the nutritional needs of students in grades 9-12 is quite different than what we offer children in grades 6-8, and yet the price we charge has been the same at both schools for a number of years,” said Eiser. “The 25-cent increase at the high school will allow us to sustain our commitment to serve a quality, nutritious meal that appeals to our customers, and do so at a reasonable price point.”

Eiser said the Food Services Department strives to use as much fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables as possible and to provide a variety of options throughout the week that are cooked from scratch. She said the department operates independently from the school budget and sustains itself through careful budgeting and the participation of students and staff.

“We truly value our customers. We could not operate without them,” said Eiser. 

More information about the district’s Food Services Department and monthly menus can be found here.