Some Texas students to pay more for school meals

FORT WORTH — Students will pay more for school breakfasts and lunches when classes begin Aug. 25.

Fort Worth school trustees voted 5-4 on Tuesday night to increase the price of meals by 25 cents to offset increasing fuel, utility and food costs.

The price increase will affect about 30 percent of the district's students. The rest are in the federally subsidized free and reduced-price lunch program.

Trustee Carlos Vasquez urged board members to vote against an increase. Some working families that don’t qualify for the federal program are still struggling to make ends meet, he said.

"Put yourselves in the shoes of some of our constituents," Vasquez told fellow members. "Are we in the business of making a profit from students?"

Juan Rangel, T.A. Sims and Christene Moss also voted against the measure. Board President Ray Dickerson and trustees Chris Hatch, Jean McClung, Norman Robbins and Judy Needham voted for the hike.

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