Next Year’s School Lunches Will Be Smaller, Cost More
District says portions will shrink at Mahwah schools next year in response to a federal mandate
School lunches in Mahwah will likely be smaller and cost more next year, thanks to a federal mandate, District Business Administrator Ed Deptula said at a school board meeting Wednesday night.
Though Deptula said the school’s administration is still working out the details of what the changes will be, the “portions served at the high school and middle school will be substantially less, and we will be charging more,” he said.
The change, he said, is to put the district in compliance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, and sets standards in line with First Lady Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity.
Deptula said the board of education and the community should expect a full report on exactly what changes will be necessary for both the secondary and elementary schools in the district at the board’s next meeting, in late August.
Other school districts recently reported price increases of anywhere from five to 25 cents per meal to be in accordance with the law.