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School nutrition trending: USDA may free up $1B to help schools buy commodities

In this month’s recap of the most popular K-12 stories at Food Management, the top spot goes to 5 things: Elior to shutter Preferred Meals prepared meals unit.  Preferred Meals generated $211 million in revenues in fiscal 2020-21 and $139 million in the first half of fiscal 2021-22, but with EBITA losses of $52 million and $24 million, respectively, in those two periods.

Among other top stories: 

  • 5 things: Chicago Public Schools re-ups with Aramark
  • Special needs high school students get taste of kitchen life
  • 5 things: USDA may free up $1B to help schools buy commodities
  • 14 K-12 chefs and cooks who made a difference over the past year


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