Myers Elementary student Allen Ramirez, 5, relishes buying a fresh salad with chicken on top for his school lunch.

His mother, Julieta Ramirez, who has two other children in the Northside Independent School District buying school lunches daily, was unhappy to learn that the district will be upping lunch prices by 5 cents in the fall.

Northside is just one of many area school districts that have approved or are considering price increases, generally 5 to 10 cents per meal. Though the increase for next school year is relatively minor, some district officials say a new federal mandate could mean higher prices for years to come.

“I’m not looking forward to it,” said Ramirez, speaking in Spanish translated by her son, Jorge, a freshman at Warren High. “But they don’t like getting lunch from home so they’ll still buy lunch.”


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