This year, school lunches are going up in price across Toms River Regional Schools.
Specifically, high school lunch and breakfast will cost 25 cents more, and elementary lunch and breakfast will cost 10 cents more. That would make a high school student lunch $3.25, and an elementary lunch at $2.85.
For breakfast, high school students would pay $2.25, and elementary students would pay $1.85.
School district officials explained the price increase is mandated by the state, but that Toms River’s prices remain 22 to 33 percent below the maximum prices allowed.
Budget Committee Chairman Mike Horgan discussed the change as part of his budget committee report to the board at its July 11 school board meeting.
“The committee was informed that based on the price equity set-point calculations, school lunch and breakfast prices will see a slight increase for 2018-19,” Horgan said.
Offerings for lunch at the high school include a new self-serve salad bar, but also hot lunch such as a buffalo chicken wrap or chicken fajitas on a rotating menu.
On the elementary menu are hot lunch choices such as grilled cheese, garden salad with seasoned chicken strips, and pizza.
More on the menus and prices is available at http://www.trschools.com/parents/foodservices.