Local Schools Dealing with High Food Costs

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - School districts in the Permian Basin are dealing with a jump in prices like the rest of us. Higher transportation costs means higher prices for milk and other foods, and as NewsWest 9 first reported in April, certain school districts like Midland ISD and Ector County ISD are increasing their lunch prices. Officials, however, said Friday they're trying to keep those costs down.

"Its a balancing act to have the best nutrition possible for the lowest price and break even," Patricia Mouser, the director of MISD Child Nutrition Services, said.

When Midland students head back to classes on Monday, they'll see a 10 cent increase on daily lunch. Mouser said with food prices on the rise they don't have a choice.

"But, you know, a five percent increase based on the quality of nutrition that the students receive is still such a bargain," Mouser explained.

Ector County ISD has also reported lunch increases. Who won't see the increase? Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches. While school districts are doing what they can to offset the price, Mouser said in Midland, they are still working to expand certain services, like breakfast to the high schools.

"What we've learned through science studies is that students will tend to skip breakfast more than any other meal. Particularly the older high school students, at a time when their bodies need it the most," Mouser added.

She said the bottom line is nutrition, and she hopes students will take advantage of their menu.

"A dollar eighty-five for the quality of meals these students are receiving in nutrition is excellent. Where else can you have somebody cook it and clean up after you, a dollar eighty-five?" Mouser asked.

Officials with both Midland ISD and Ector County ISD told NewsWest 9 their student meals are above the standard guidelines. If you want a fill list of all the prices and menus:

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