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Possible cuts to school lunch programs

by John Wilmer

DIKE (KWWL) - School lunch programs could feel the effects of the state budget cuts.

The school lunch program is used to provide lunch subsidies to schools and specifically covers students on reduced or free lunch programs. A cut like this along with the cuts from federal funds will likely force schools to increase the cost of school lunches.

Adminstators at Dike-New Hartford High School say their lunch program is running strong and far from over budget. They do admit if state and federal programs are cut they will have to find additional funds.

"We would take a very hard and serious look at not raising those prices anymore than we have to and put anymore of a burden on the patrons of the district," said Dike-New Hartford Principal Mike Williams.

Dieticians at Hy-Vee say parents can pack lunches for their kids at a reduced price and still keep them healthy. They suggest buying generic brands and looking for bargains.

The Iowa State University Extension has a break down of how to make the most saving by packing your own lunch.

Iowa State University Extension sack lunch breakdown

Online reporter: John Wilmer

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