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District Plans to Drop its High School From National School Lunch Program

With only a 12% free/reduced percentage, Monticello High plans to depend on a la carte sales from up to six food station concepts.

Monticello (IL) High School will withdraw from the National School Lunch Program next fall and expects a $60,000 savings from the move, reports the News-Gazette. Plans call for up to six a la carte food stations serving Mexican choices, pizza, sandwiches/salads, snacks and traditional entrees.

The district has posted a meal program deficit of around $42,500 so far this year, its first under Aramark's management, after averaging deficits of around $100,000 for the past decade. For now, only the high school, which has a minimal 12 percent of students receiving federally subsidized meals, will be dropped from the national lunch program.

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