Viewpoint: A New Tale of Two Cities

There is more to understanding what it costs to run a school meal program than demographics.

Two school districts are located less than 12 miles apart; they are of similar size, and have similar percentages of low income kids. Their school meal programs operate at the same number of school sites, serve the same number of lunches, and receive the same federal payment for meals served. Both programs are managed by experienced and well-respected nutrition department directors who have spent virtually their entire professional lives in food service. Since Program A is able to operate

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