The School Board voted 5-0 to release the high school from the Federal Lunch program, and to commit $50,000 to renovate the school’s cafeteria.
If food sales at the high school increase as a result of the change to the Free Milk Program, food service may be able to absorb the cost of the renovations without the assistance of the School District, according to Business Administrator Peter Curro.
“The bottom line is, if we go from the Federal Lunch Program to the Free Milk Program, we get off the calorie restrictions – we get off all restrictions,” he said.
Amanda Venezia described the caloric restrictions under the Federal Lunch Program as “a really big numbers game.”
By moving to the Free Lunch program, Food Service will be able to give kids more of what they want and add items that don’t fall within the parameters of the Federal Lunch program.