2013 K-12 Power Players

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NameChicago Public Schools
DirectorLeslie Fowler
No. of School Sites583
Revenue/Budget$240 million
Free/Reduced Pct87%
Breakfast Participation41%
No. of Meals Served75 million
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.90
Phone(773) 553-2830
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeAramark won a combined food and milk contract for Chicago Public Schools worth $97 million this summer, a $12 million reduction from the previous food and milk deals. It is part of the district’s aggressive cost cutting program that has also seen a closing of 50 schools and downsizing of staff by around 400. Production is transitioning from preplated meals to more bulk production with onsite finishing. About 415 schools currently qualify using the Community Eligibility program. Universal free breakfast is offered at all schools and all elementary schools have BIC delivery. CPS is committed to the Healthier US School Challenge and its schools are at the gold level. With the implementation of new meal patterns last year, participation dipped about 20 percent, but a focus on nutrition education and student engagement activities, has helped it climb back steadily. A la carte items all qualify for reimburseable meals and the district has already modified its breakfast program to meet 2014-15 standards. CPS produces meals for 120 charter schools and some Head Start programs. grams. Among recent accomplishments: implementation of a new POS system; a 30% increase in breakfast meals served due to Universal/BIC programs; more local product usage—totaling$4.5 million the last three years—and an “Eat What You Grow” pilot to bring GAP-certified, school garden crops directly to the cafeteria.
Lunch Participation63%

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