IRVINE : School Lunch Price Raised by 25 Cents

School lunch prices will go up a quarter a plate for elementary and high school students in the Irvine Unified School District beginning July 1.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to raise the price of daily lunch plates at elementary schools to $1.50 and at high schools to $1.75. The price of some a la carte items will also increase by up to 10%. No one spoke against the price increase.

School business officials recommended the boost to defray increasing food, staff and equipment costs. The increase will bring in $7,500 to $10,000 more in yearly food sales.

Without the 25-cent increase, the district would have had to dip into the general fund for the extra money, said Ken Horner, business services director.


From past experience, the higher prices might prompt some students to skip buying lunch plates, but many of those students will return to the program later in the year, Horner said.