School lunches in the Alpine School District will cost 10 cents more starting Jan. 22.

Jack McKelvy, district business manager, said the increase is needed to offset rising food costs and to pay for increased salaries for food-service personnel.Alpine School Board members said they voted for the increase this week with reluctance because of the hardship it may put on some families. But board members said they recognize the need for the program to remain financially stable.

The increase will take effect when the new semester starts Jan. 22: $1 for elementary schools and $1.10 for secondary schools. The price is reduced five cents for each meal with the purchase of a 20-meal ticket.