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You'll pay more this school year in Springfield if your child wants to purchase breakfast or lunch at school. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.
School starts back up in Springfield today, and with the new school year comes higher school breakfast and lunch prices. Steve Smay is nutrition services director for Springfield Public Schools.
"We increased lunch prices across the board by 25 cents, and breakfast prices we increased by ten cents."
Smay says it's been difficult to keep up with the rising food prices and the price increase will help offset those costs. He points out that school meal prices haven't increased in several years.
"I guess kind of the way we look at it is, well, a quarter seems like quite a little bit, however, if you look across five years since the last price increase, it's a nickel a year, and, certainly, when I go to the grocery store, I can't get by for that."
Smay says food costs for the district are up 26 percent this year over the last school year.