WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising food prices are affecting the nation's
Officials say U.S. school lunch programs are starting to have
serious trouble making cheap, healthy meals. They blame food prices
that have rocketed higher just as fuel prices grow. These are among
several factors combining to put the squeeze on school kitchens,
which provide lunches for more than half of the nation's 60 million
The USDA says food prices alone could jump as much as 5.5
percent this year. One school official says increases add up
quickly: a one-cent jump in the price of milk can cost the nation's
schools 54 million dollars.
Authorities seem to agree that food prices won't be going back
down. They're also anticipating more families turning to the school
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