On the tray: Lunch to take bigger bite out of wallets next year

Rising grocery prices and federal requirements to feed children more are leading to increases in the prices of school meals.

Parents of students at Edinburgh, Franklin and Clark-Pleasant schools will pay more for their children’s school meals in the fall. Two other school districts — Indian Creek and Greenwood — haven’t set prices yet. And at Center Grove schools, the prices will stay the same.

One of the main reasons for the increase in prices is due to changes in federal requirements, which specify how much and what type of food schools serve to students. Those rules have been changing in recent years, including adding requirements for more fruit and vegetables and whole grains.

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