back when i was a boy growing up in slidell, a hot lunch cost 16 cents (now this is well over 30 years ago). 3 out of 5 school days we would get red (or white) beans and rice (sometimes with meat) plus a wedge of cornbread (usually dry), a piece of spice cake for desert, and a carton of milk to wash down the cornbread. when they upped the price to a quarter, there was almost a riot. what are they charging now and what do they serve. do the kids get a choice for their meal (back then the answer was no).