The last meal price increase in Clay County was school year 2012-2013. Increasing meal prices will bring the district in compliance with the Paid Lunch Equity Provision (PLE), which requires local food service authorities to continually increase meal prices until they reach the Federal free rate of reimbursement, currently at $3.16. A meal price increase will assist in our continued effort to improve food quality and absorb an increase in overall food prices. In addition, we need to ensure revenue is generated to replace aging equipment and modernize serving areas with equipment that markets our program and provides an aesthetically pleasing environment to the students of Clay County.
Below are current lunch prices for Florida school districts including an average of all. Also, included are the current meal prices in Clay County and the increase for 2017-2018. As you can see, Clay County meal prices have been significantly below average. The increase for 2017-2018 will bring the district more in line with average meal prices in Florida and allow for continual improvement in the program.