Hurricanes, enrollment drops and a variety of operational inefficiencies have left Miami-Dade County (FL) public-school cafeterias in dire financial straits

according to documents obtained by The Miami Herald. To avoid a shortfall of more than $11 million, cafeteria managers have been told to order only what they need, share surplus with other schools and freeze hiring, the paper reported. The district also plans to use its automated phone system to urge low-income families to sign up for federal meal subsidies.

'We must balance our food service fund by [the school] year-end,'' wrote Penny Parham, director of food and nutrition, in a pair

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