Hot Lunch Program?

I would like to know if districts have an in house hot lunch program or if they lease this out. If it is in house how much is subsidized in the school budgets and what is the cost?

  1. At our middle-high school we have an in-house food service run as a separate enterprise fund. The program consistently runs a profit and even has its own capital fund for equipment replacement. Our award-winning program is very innovative, using farm to school methods, daily salad bars, and a variety of healthy options (sandwich bar, pizza, etc.) in addition to the hot lunch. We were one of the first schools to introduce computerized swipe cards for all students so that payment status is anonymous.

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  2. We have had an in house hot lunch program for each of our schools – as it was generating skyrocketing deficits, there was a budgetary “bailout”. At that point a nutrition committee was formed, a food service director hired and changes made – both administratively and nutritionally. The changes, in just the past year, have proved vital and viable with far greater participation, a much decreased deficit and promise of the programs being self-sustaining in the near future.

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  3. We provide a hot lunch program for all Winooski students but contract with the Abby for providing this. We use in kind contributions toward our contract such as providing the kitchen, utilities, space and time. They provide food, services, staff, and menu. At the end we get a subsidy from them and for the past couple of years this has worked effectively. All are welcome to come visit and see it in operation. Kids for the most part love it.

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  4. Westminster Schools went to an in house food service a few years ago. I think we subsidize it with $10,000 per year but may have gotten it to a point it is self supporting. It costs us less than when we had an outside provider and the quality is better. Plus, it is somewhat easier to do other food related activities (such as healthy snack program or other food events) with our own in house kitchen. And with the right personnel in the kitchen, you can provide much healthier and local food than usually used by the major food service providers.

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  5. We gave up in-house when the old,quality system was mismanaged and the older,quality employees retired. I do not believe there is any affordable commercial/contract system serving food the customers enjoy. We are regularly looking over the shoulder of the contractor, noticing items not eaten, questioning the students and their parents. We almost feel like we have a lose/lose situation which turns into a partial win since many of our kids need some form of nutrition other than chips and soda found at home.

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  6. We run our own food service program, and expect it to be self-supporting except that we have decided it is fair for school’s general fund to subsidize the meal program for the free and reduced meal costs that are above what is reimbursed by the federal government. We felt that it was not fair for meal prices to be set higher than the actual average cost of the meals, so that non-free and reduced meals were subsidizing the free and reduced ones. Asking taxpayers to cover this subsidy through the general fund seemed the fairest solution.

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  7. We had an in house lunch program until three years ago and went with the Abbey Group. When we had our own program we lost between $2,500 and $4,000 per year which we made up in the budget. We are inclined to go back to this system as we are not satisfied with the new provider and would rather spend out of the budget than be at the mercy of an outside contractor.

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