Redwood City school meals will soon cost more

August 25, 2011 1:50:39 PM PDT
Redwood City School District officials unanimously voted Wednesday night to raise the prices of school meals, a district spokeswoman said.

Effective Oct. 1, the cost of breakfast will increase from 75 cents to $1.25, and lunches will go up from $1.75 to $2.25, according to the school district.

Meal prices will be raised 25 cents in the 2012-2013 school year, and 25 cents again in 2013-2014.

The Redwood City School District now has the lowest priced school meals out of any school district in San Mateo County.

The price increases are expected to raise revenues to the school district by an estimated $537,000 during the three years, Raul Parungao, the district's chief business officer, said.

The money would be used to provide a greater variety of fresh vegetables and whole-wheat products, cover increasing labor costs, upgrade kitchen equipment, and provide more free meals to kids from low-income families.

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