Cost of schools meals to increase for some kids

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Parents in Charleston County School District and Dorchester District 2 will pay additional more for their kids to eat at school next year. On Monday night, both school boards voted to increase breakfast and lunch prices by ten cents.

Director of Nutrition and Food Services for CCSD Walter Campbell says this is not an elective increase, but mandatory through the Hunger-Free Kids Act. The law was signed in 2010. Every district is required to increase their meal prices until reaching a desired target of $2.57.

"Every year at the very minimum have to have a minimum increase until we reached that point," Campbell said.

CCSD lunch prices will go up to $2.25. Breakfast will be $1.40.

In DD2, high school students will pay a $1.70 for lunch, everyone else will pay a $1.60. Breakfast will cost a $1.05.

A spokesperson for Berkeley County School District says they do not plan to ask for an increase for the upcoming school year, but there's a reason for that. In 2011 the board approved a 25 cent increase to avoid having to raise prices each year.

Charleston County School District parent, Alvina Loften says she understands the increase but says it will hurt people to a certain degree.

"Groceries are high. Just trying to keep the food on the table it's just going to be worse when the price goes up in lunch in school," she said.