The cost of student lunches in the Philadelphia Public School District will increase starting with the 2014-15 session which begins in August.

Sandra Martin, director of business for the School District, said regular student lunches were going up from $2 to $2.25. The school's Board of Trustees voted for the increase during its February meeting.

Martin said the increase comes at the urging of the United States Department of Agriculture.

They suggested that all public school lunches be priced at $2.65, she said.

Currently, all regular school lunches are $2. Reduced lunches are 40 cents and adults are $3.

Reduced and adult lunch prices will remain the same in the next school year.

At the start of the current school year, the price of student lunches rose from $1.75 to $2.

"They [the USDA] want us to make an effort to go up periodically," Martin said, noting that this would be the last update for the next few years.

"They just want to see that we're slowly getting there."

Interim Superintendent Robert Turnage said the school has to show an effort to raise the price.

"We don't have to do it all at once," he said. "But we have to make a show of good faith that we'll get there.

"This was something we had to do."

The board unanimously approved the increase.