The rising cost of grain, milk, and vegetables is expected to drive up school lunch prices this fall for tens of thousands of students, causing even further financial hardships for already-strapped public school systems across Massachusetts. Some of the school systems that will be hit the hardest are the ones trying to offer the healthiest menu choices - fresh fruits and vegetables and other vitamin-rich choices that cost more.
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FROM JUNE 2008: South Florida school districts dealing with rising food prices have been forced to make painful decisions that may undo some of their long-term efforts to improve the nutritional value of the oft-maligned school lunch. The skyrocketing cost of food is forcing cafeteria managers locally and across the country to sacrifice fresh produce for canned, fresh eggs for processed, and pricier palate-pleasers for cheaper, more mundane dishes. (Miami Herald)
FROM MAY 2008: The nation's rising food costs are stirring up problems for dining halls and cafeterias, and schools and universities that serve thousands of people a day are trying to find ways to cut costs while maintaining quality. Several schools have eliminated trays, on the theory that students will grab less if they have to carry the food in their hands. Still other schools, which charge students by the item, are increasing the cost of more healthful choices.
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