2013 K-12 Power Players

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NameSchool District of Philadelphia
DirectorWayne Grasela
No. of School Sites267
Revenue/Budget~$80 million
Free/Reduced Pct80%
Breakfast ParticipationN/A
No. of Meals Served~167,000/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.00
Websitewebgui.phila.k12.pa.us/ offices/f/foodservices
Phone(215) 400-3663
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeThe Philadelphia district converted from contract management to self operation three years ago and operates with two-thirds of its schools on a universal feeding model; the program is not subsidized other than via NSLA reimbursements. The district’s enrollment and budget have declined recently, partly because charter schools have expanded. While the district serves 267 schools, it has a larger number of feeding sites when annexes, lease sites, etc. are included. It services about 20 charters. It still has a small a la carte program, much reduced from the size it once was. About 60% of served meals are pre-plated, “but we steer away from that after 6th grade,” says Grasela. He notes the department has an open door for the many advocacy groups interested in its program and has established a comprehensive advisory committee which also includes representatives from several universities to look at the pre-plate program with a goal of enhancing it. The department’s strategic plan calls for upgrading or replacing many kitchens over the next 3-5 years in order to convert back to onsite production; about 125 schools will remain without kitchen facilities and will employ other options.
Lunch ParticipationN/A

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