State's Schools Squeezed by Rising Food Costs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Like many families, the state's school districts are feeling pinched by rising food prices.

It's pressuring them to increase what they charge students for lunches.

Some already have increased their prices. For example, the cost of lunches in Topeka schools will increase by 10 cents each when the new school year begins in August.

And those rising prices are coming at a time when school districts are increasingly focused on serving healthier lunches. Some officials worry that rising prices could hurt those efforts.

At the Department of Education, Director of Child Nutrition Jodi Mackey says it already costs more to provide high-quality items such as fresh fruit and vegetables.

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