The government has announced a 4.3% annual increase in the federal reimbursement provided to school nutrition programs. However, the School Nutrition Association says that modest amount doesn't begin to cover this year's estimated 11.6% increase in the cost of preparing and serving school meals. SNA estimates that the average full cost to prepare a healthy school lunch is around $2.88, compared to the new federal reimbursement provided to cover that cost, now set at $2.57. Even with about ...

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