New federal guidelines regarding school meals are being cited as one cause for a drop in school meal participation in a New Hampshire school district -- from 50,000-plus lunches served two years ago to fewer than 40,000 last year. Officials also say a decline in breakfasts served to middle-school students has been caused by school construction efforts that allow students to bypass the cafeteria on their way to class. As a result of the declines, officials plan to increase the cost of meals by 25 cents.

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