The average cost to prepare a school lunch has increased 10 percent since the 2007-2008 school year, according to a report published by the School Nutrition Association (SNA). It was based on an analysis of information from 48 school nutrition programs that operate in some of the largest districts within the US. The report, “Heats On: School Meals Under Financial Pressure,” shows the average cost rose from $2.63 to $2.90 for schools to prepare a school lunch that meets federal nutrition ...

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