Pierre’s school district raises the price of meals and milk; Federal funding has ended, so parents will have to cover the cost

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In the next school year (2022-23), the federal government will not provide funding to make school meals free for all students as it has done for the past two years due to COVID.

Schools will start charging fees again, meaning the cost will, once again, have to be covered by parents and guardians. However, schools will also resume the availability of free or reduced price breakfast, lunch or milk for eligible students.

In Pierre, the cost of lunch will increase by 25 cents at elementary, middle and high schools. This brings the amount paid for each to $2.05, $2.15, and $2.25, respectively. Adults will see a 50 cent increase, bringing the cost of their breakfast to $2.75. The reduced cost price will remain at 30 cents.

Lunches will cost 30 cents more for elementary and middle school students in Pierre, 35 cents more for high school and 49 cents more for adults. Total costs will be $3.25 for elementary students, $3.45 for middle school students, and $3.60 for high school students. Lunches for adults will cost $4.50. The cost of discounted lunches will remain at 40 cents.

The price of individual milk in Pierre’s school district increases by 10 cents, to 50 cents. The 20-day punch card goes from $8 to $10. The term pass goes from $20 to $21 and the school year milk pass goes from $60 to $70. Milk Punch tickets and passes are non-refundable.

Stone School District
Rates for lunches and school lunches
School year 2022-23
Breakfast Lunch
Elementary GMMS Rigg Reduced Adult Elementary GMMS Rigg Reduced Adult
Rates 2021-22 $1.80 $1.90 $2.00 $0.30 $2.25 $2.95 $3.15 $3.25 $0.40 $4.01
Increase $0.25 $0.25 $0.25 $0.00 $0.50 $0.30 $0.30 $0.35 $0.00 $0.49
Rates 2022-23 $2.05 $2.15 $2.25 $0.30 $2.75 $3.25 $3.45 $3.60 $0.40 $4.50
milk price
(*Milk Punch tickets and passes are non-refundable)
2021-22 Increase 2022-23
Individual $0.40 $0.10 $0.50
Elemental milk break only:
20 day hallmark $8.00 $2.00 $10.00
quarter pass $20.00 $1.00 $21.00
School year pass $60.00 $10.00 $70.00

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