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Some School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Their Food Service Costs and Ensure Self-Sufficiency, Report No. 04-32, May 2004
 
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If school district food service program revenues fail to cover costs, then districts often must subsidize their food service operations through their general operating budgets, thus draining funds that could otherwise be used in the classroom. Therefore, school districts should take steps to carefully manage their food service program costs and optimize revenue opportunities. Some of the more successful school districts have implemented strategies to
  • reduce food costs by joining a cooperative to receive volume discounts, making better use of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities matching food item orders to supplier stock items, and using processors to convert commodities;
  • decrease labor and operational costs by using pre-prepared foods, implementing a shared manager program, and outsourcing warehousing and delivery services; and
  • increase program revenues by promoting the food service program, identifying and reducing participation barriers, using a la carte items, and establishing fair meal prices.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-05 Providing a Free Breakfast to All Public School Students Would Be Costly for Most School Districts,published in February 2009
  • Report No. 09-04 School Districts’ Food Service Programs Generally Are Not Financially Self-Sufficient, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-03 No Changes Are Necessary to the State’s Organization of School Nutrition Programs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-02 Best Practices Could Help School Districts Reduce Their Food Service Program Costs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 05-05 Progress Report: Lake County School District Has Implemented Best Practices and Is Eligible For State Seal, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 05-04 Progress Report: Miami-Dade County School District Making Progress But Not Yet Eligible for the State’s Seal of Best Financial Management, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 04-62 Progress Report: St. Lucie School District Has Implemented Best Practices and Is Eligible For State Seal, published in August 2004
  • Report No. 04-26 Information Brief: With Effective Planning, Accountability, and Oversight, School Districts Can Successfully Outsource Services, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 04-10 Information Brief: School Districts Can Take Steps to Substantially Reduce Their Transportation Costs, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-62 Information Brief: School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Facility Operating Costs Through Conservation, Productivity, published in November 2003.
  • Report No. 09-05 Providing a Free Breakfast to All Public School Students Would Be Costly for Most School Districts, published in February 2009.

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