Taipei City to Increase the Price of School Lunches

Taipei City to Increase the Price of School Lunches
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Taipei Mayor Ke Wen-zhe has decided to increase the price of lunches to provide better quality food.

The Taipei City government has announced the price of school lunches will go up in March and each school can increase up to NT$ 10 (approximately US$ 0.32). The Ministry of Education will also take on meal costs for disadvantaged students.

CNA reports, former Taipei Mayor Hao Long-bin hasn’t adjusted lunch costs in several years. But the current Taipei Mayor Ke Wen-zhe says, “You pay for what you eat.” Ke also says, there is not much students can eat after deducting personnel fees and he has decided to increase the price of lunches to provide better quality food.

According to the Bureau of Education under the Taipei City government, nearly half of 236 schools are about to adjust their lunch fees from NT$ 2 to NT$ 10 (approximately US$ 0.06 to US$ 0.32).

Chen Ming-xin, president of the lunchbox guild of Taipei, says in order for each school to enjoy non-GM and non-processed food, there will be some menu adjustments made to the school meals. Take Chen’s company for instance; the five dishes and two fruits provided will be reduced to four dishes and two kinds of fruit.

Song Quan-juan, the chief of the elementary union of parents association in Taipei City, says she is optimistic about this price hike and that the children won’t get enough nutrition if the lunch fee isn’t adjusted properly.

Storm Media reports, in terms of students who live below the poverty line, Xu Yu-sheng says the Education Bureau will absorb the costs, and the expense is estimated to be NT$ 40.69 million (approximately US$ 1.3 million).

Xu also says, besides the price hike on lunch fees, authorities will also improve the quality of food, ingredients and nutrients. The use of non-GM products and processed food will also be adjusted in order to not deprive the rights of disadvantaged students.

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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