The price of New York City school lunch is going up on Monday from $1.50 to $1.75, the first increase in 10 years.
The city Department of Education said the nearly 17 percent hike is needed because of higher costs for labor and food.
The DOE serves more than 620,000 lunches and 205,000 breakfasts each day in the school system of 1.1 million students. Breakfasts are free.
This year, children deemed eligible for a reduced-price lunch will now be able to get lunch free instead, the city said.