- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Prices of meals in Hawaii public schools are going up.

The state Department of Education says it’s the first increase since 2011.

Starting next school year, student lunches will increase by 25 cents and breakfasts by 10 cents. Depending on grade level, a lunch will cost $2.50 or $2.75. Breakfast will cost $1.10 or $1.20.

The department says the increase is necessary to offset inflation and labor costs.

Reduced-priced meals for those who qualify will remain at 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

The statewide school district serves more than 100,000 meals daily during the school year.

The state Board of Education approved the new prices this week.

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