This week on Food Management 2023 FM College Power Players: Chef Ann Foundation launches bulk milk program for schools ranked as the weeks to story. Switching to serving milk from a bulk dispenser into reusable cups is a simple way for schools to drastically cut the enormous waste currently generated by the approximately 275 million single-serve cartons of milk dispensed to K-12 students every school day,. To help schools transition to using bulk milk dispensers, the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) nonprofit has launched Bulk Milk, a program through which school districts anywhere in the U.S. can apply now for a grant to receive nearly all of the equipment, materials, and training needed to implement a bulk milk serving system.
Also, the Wake County school board in North Carolina has voted to raise the cost for a full-price lunch from $3 to $3.25 in elementary schools and from $3.25 to $3.50 cents in middle and high schools, with the increases going into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Paula De Lucca, senior director for Child Nutrition Services for the district, one of the country's largest, said they need to raise the lunch prices to help offset higher wages for cafeteria staff, higher food production costs, strict federal regulations and the loss of some federal funding.