2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank33
NameDenver Public Schools
DirectorTheresa Hafner
Enrollment85,810
No. of School Sites159
Revenue/Budget$32 million
Free/Reduced Pct70%
Breakfast Participation31%
No. of Meals Served71,000/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.35
Managementself-op
Websitefoodservices.dpsk12.org
Phone(720) 423-5600
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramN
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeDenver Public Schools is at the forefront of the urban farm movement, with a dozen sites (up from three last year) producing dedicated crops for use in district kitchens. The new meal regs were not a problem for the district last year, with salad bars in all schools satisfying the fruit/vegetable mandate. Nevertheless, the changes did impact participation, which was down about 200,000 meals and the district ended up losing money. The salad bars were also costly with a significant amount of waste reported. To cope with the higher food costs—running at around 58%—Denver is reducing the number of choices it offers to those the students have historically favored and focusing more on low-cost seasonal choices for the salad bars. Breakfast in the classroom (BIC) has been a hit, doubling participation and boosting reimbursable breakfast sales by 20%. It is now in 61 sites, up by a dozen from 2012-13.
Lunch Participation58%


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