It's often been said that school foodservice is a “pennies game,” with some of the tightest food cost management in the industry. That's especially true these days, when school meal reimbursement amounts from USDA have have been falling farther and farther behind the costs of actually providing school meals. Even modest initiatives to improve the quality of ingredients used in those meals can play havoc with school nutrition budgets, as demonstrated in the following examples. *Source:
What's the Cost of a School Meal Upgrade?
School meals are a pennies game, and the cost of even small improvements really adds up.