LEBANON, Tenn. - This year students in one local school district will be shelling out more for their lunch and the decision isn't coming from the district's administration, but the federal government.
In less than 24 hours many students in the mid-state will hit the books and while school supplies and uniforms have cost parents a lot of money, they can expect to shell out a little more.
"It's going from a $1.50 to $1.75 for all student k-12," said Melody Turner, Director of Food Services in Wilson County.
For students in Wilson County buying a school lunch is going up 25- cents.
Now that might not sound like much in the grand scheme of things, but that's an extra $45 a school year for each child in your family.
"This is the first increase. We've held the lunch price at $1.50 for the last 10 years, so this is the first increase we've had," said Turner.
She says the hike is a mandate from the United States Department of Agriculture or USDA.
Mt. Juliet parent Duane Propes says he is not surprise by the increase-- but says it's an increase he plans to avoid.
"We have a huge garden in the backyard, we grow out own vegetables. Usually she takes her lunch to school," said Propes who was speaking of his daughter.
Avoiding that increase might not be as easy as Propes thinks, the price of milk is also going up 25- cents.
The good news is students on free or reduced lunch will not be affected by the increase.
If parents think they will be hurt by this hike - apply for assistance.
Turner said, "The first day of school the free and reduce lunch applications go out to every student in the county. They only need to be filled out one per family, but we send one home with every student to make sure that everybody gets one."
We checked several other counties and Wilson County still has one of the lowest prices for school lunches in the mid-state.
Most were cost $2.25 - $2.75.