The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) will be raising the prices of food in the cafeteria. Breakfast prices will change from $1.35 to $1.40 and lunch prices will go from $2.40 to $2.50.
Although the prices for regular meals are going up, the free and reduced meals will stay the same. Members of the Food Services Department are unsure of whether or not this will happen again in years to come, but it depends on the budget.
“Everything is government related,” the SMSD Food Services Department said. “The prices are going up because they are starting to require more vegetables and fruits in school lunches.”
Pawnee Elementary School teacher Laura Gray is unhappy with the changes because cumilatively the amount she spends will have a large impact on her family. She rarely brings her own lunch to school and neither does her daughter, junior Liz Gray.
“This has come as complete news to me, and I think it’s a big problem,” Laura said. “I don’t mean to sound like a nagging school teacher, but especially since we haven’t gotten raises in a few years, I’m going to have to be counting every penny.”