Meal prices in Tibshelf schools look likely to be frozen for the coming year.
Derbyshire County Council have recommended to retain 2012/13 prices when pupils return for the new academic year.
A primary school meal is set to stay at £1.95, with secondary school meals remaining at £2.30.
Prices are being kept down due to more children choosing to have a school dinner - up 2.4 per cent in primary schools and 2.2 per cent in secondary schools in the past 12 months - and improved efficiency from the authority’s catering service.
Councillor Kevin Gillott, the authority’s deputy leader and cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Family budgets are being squeezed like never before, so we have worked hard to keep costs down.”