Many parents say they understand a North Carolina school district's recent decision to increase school lunch prices for the first time since the 2008-09 school year. Some say they expected inflation led to the increase, and that the new rate -- $2.15 in elementary school and $2.40 in middle and high school -- still was less than the cost of the food at the grocery store. "It's still the best deal on the market," said Robert Rolfe, child nutrition supervisor. "You can't go out and fix your child a lunch for that price."

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