Jun 8, 2012 11:49 AM by AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Parents will pay more for school lunches next year, as federal rules expand while budgets shrink.
The Lafourche Parish School Board voted this week to raise the price of each breakfast and lunch by 10 cents. In Terrebonne Parish, the cost of breakfast will stay the same, but the cost of lunch will increase by 15 percent.
The Courier reports child nutrition supervisors in both parishes say the increases are a result of budget cutbacks and stricter health standards passed down by the federal government.
New guidelines created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture require schools to offer five meal components every day, including meat, a meat alternate, a fruit, a vegetable and milk.