The Hawaii Board of Education said Tuesday that prices for breakfast and lunch will increase — by 25 cents and 10 cents, respectively — in the next school year.

That’s the first increase since 2011, and the BOE says it’s due to higher food costs and labor contract raises.

A 2009 state law requires the Department of Education to charge at least half the cost of preparing the meals.

Hawaii DOE school lunch

Hawaii DOE

According to a press release, reduced-price meals served to economically disadvantaged students “will remain unchanged at 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch. Students who qualify for free meals also will not be impacted.”

The DOE serves more than 100,000 meals a day during the school year, and the meals must meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines — you know, plenty of fruit, veggies and grains.

Speaking of increased prices, check out our Living Hawaii series to learn why so many things are expensive in the islands … but also learn about some ideas on how to reduce costs.

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