Mehlville Board of Education sets summer school meal prices, will be reimbursed


Mehlville Assistant Superintendent Jeff Bresler joined a group of students eating lunch at Rogers Elementary to celebrate National School Lunch Week in October 2019.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

The Mehlville Board of Education unanimously set the district’s summer school meal prices April 28. 

Breakfast is set at $2 for students, or 30 cents for students part of reduced meals program. Lunch will be $3, with the reduced price set at 40 cents.  

Director of School Food and Nutrition Katie Gegg told the board that over the past two school years the district had been utilizing a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture that allowed it to feed all students breakfast and lunch for free, but that the waiver was set to expire May 27. 

The district will receive federal reimbursement for each meal served. Free meals are reimbursed at $3.73 per meal, reduced-price meals are reimbursed at $3.33 and paid meals are reimbursed at a rate of 42 cents per meal. 

Gegg added that the district was seeing about 10 applications weekly for the free and reduced meal program 

 “It is a challenging time,” Gegg said. “The supply chain is going to continue to spiral but they’ll always have food. … It might not be what’s on the menu but we will feed them.”