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Douglas County schools set lunch prices

Maple, Superior meal prices will increase; Solon Springs freezes meal costs.

A food services worker drops fries in with a cheese burger
A food services worker drops fries in with a cheeseburger as they prepare for deliveries Thursday, July 14, at Superior High School.
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — All three Douglas County school districts have set lunch prices for the 2022-2023 school year.

The action comes after officials announced that free lunch is no longer guaranteed to students. For the past two years, the federal government has provided free lunch to all children regardless of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That ends in August.

School administrators encouraged families to fill out the free and reduced price lunch application. Online forms are available on district websites. Paper copies can be found at district offices, as well.

Maple School District

Meals in the Maple School District will cost 15 cents more than they did during the 2019-2020 school year, the last year families paid for meals. The cost of lunch will be $2.75 for elementary students and $3 for middle and high school students. Breakfast will cost $1.15 for all students.

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“If a student were to purchase a lunch from us every day of (the) 2022-2023 school year, that would equate to a $26.25 increase from the 19-20 school year,” Cody Fechtelkotter, district business manager, wrote in an email to school board members. “As you all know, food prices are higher and this recommendation is a result of that fact. These prices are still below the price averages across the state based on my conversation with Ann Wiebelhaus from DPI.”

Solon Springs School District

Solon Springs families will not see an increase in meal prices. The district was able to freeze rates at the 2019-2020 cost, according to district administrator Frank Helquist.

Elementary school students will pay $1.95 for breakfast and $2.90 for lunch. Middle school students will be charged $2.05 for breakfast and $3.10 for lunch. High school student prices are $2.05 for breakfast and $3.20 for lunch.

If students qualify for reduced-price meals, the cost would be 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

Superior School District

Superior families will see an increase in lunch prices for the 2022-2023 school year, but all students can continue to receive free breakfast and after-school meals. The cost for elementary and middle school lunches went up by a dime to $2.65 and $2.90, respectively. High school lunch prices jumped by a nickel, increasing to $3.

Free breakfast will be available to all Superior students, and free after-school meals will be served at Superior high and middle schools daily.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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