A dime more will pay for school meals in ‘13-14

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013

Aiken Standard file photo In this file photo, food service director Glenda Wafford talks with, from left, Board member Keith Liner, comptroller Tray Traxler and Board member Wesley Hightower.

The Aiken County School District’s breakfast and lunch fees will increase by 10 cents this year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers food services, sets those fees, said Glenda Wafford, the district’s food service director.

Elementary school students will pay $1.70 for breakfast and $2.10 lunch. Middle and high school students pay the same fee for breakfast and $2.25 for lunch.

Based on federal income regulations, thousands of the district’s 24,000 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch fees. Parents can apply online at www.lunchapplication.com and follow a step-by-step process.

Parents can also pay for lunches online if they choose at www.lunchprepay.com.

Nine elementary schools with high-poverty enrollment have universal “Breakfast in the Classroom” for all students – Oakwood-Windsor, East Aiken, North Aiken, Clearwater, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Busbee, Greendale and Redcliffe.

All district schools will find new monitors in their cafeterias this fall that display all the menu choices, Wafford said.

“If we catch a kid eating healthy or doing any kind of exercise, we can display it in the monitor, so they can see themselves being healthy,” she said. “The monitors also can provide nutritional facts, such as information on allergies to peanuts. Hopefully, that will be an educational tool.”

The School District hosted a statewide training program at South Aiken High School last month. More than 300 cafeteria employees throughout South Carolina attended the program as part of their continuing education. The State Department of Education hosts the training at four different sites.

Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard’s education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001. He is a native of Walterboro and majored in journalism at the University of Georgia.

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