An economics lesson for school lunch

As the cost of eggs, flour and fresh fruit is seeing double-digit increases, Jefferson Union High School District is following other local districts in raising the price of school lunches.

Starting in the fall, lunch will go up from $3 to $3.50 for students and from $3.50 to $4 for teachers at four high school schools in Daly City and Pacifica. The move comes less than one week after Jefferson Elementary School District, which oversees 14 elementary and middle schools in Daly City, raised its prices by 50 cents.

Arlinda Marvan, director of food services, said the hike is unavoidable.

“The overall increase of commodities is about 38 percent, which means that if I ordered 20 cases of turkey, I’d probably get only 12 or 13. We are getting a lot less for our money and my budget isn’t going up,” she said.

The latest hike is the third time the district has raised the prices in three years. According to U.S.Department of Agriculture, in the last two years, the price of flour and eggs received by the school surged by as much as 60 percent.

Some say it’s time for students to bring their own lunch to school.

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