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USDA: Cafeterias shouldn't be cash cows for schools

from Education Week

In the small Seymour Community School District in Indiana last school year, lunch and breakfast prices went up about 25 cents each because, for the first time, the district charged its own cafeteria $100,000 for cleaning, trash service, and electricity and water. The 4,000-student school district's budget had been cut by the state, so the district exercised its right to charge its own department of food and nutrition services for some operating costs — effectively shifting those costs to the federal government. School districts can do that because their operating budgets are separate from their food and nutrition budgets. School cafeterias generally operate using federal dollars that come in based on the type and quantity of meals sold and money generated from the sale of meals. more


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