DC to Outsource School Meal Program

The District of Columbia Public Schools plans to outsource management of its foodservice operations. The District says it lost $9.5 million in 2006, and projects losses of $10.8 million in 2007 and $11.6 million in 2008, largely because of poor participation rates and an inability to qualify a sufficient number of eligible students for meal reimbursement through the federal school lunch program.

Lunch participation among high schoolers is under 40 percent, well under the 70 percent be

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