2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank42
NameAnne Arundel County (MD) Public Schools
DirectorJodi Risse
Enrollment77,936
No. of School Sites120
Revenue/Budget$26.3 million
Free/Reduced Pct30%
Breakfast Participation16%
No. of Meals Served41,000/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.85
Managementself-op
Websitewww.aacps.org/nutrition
Phone(410) 222-5900
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeAnne Arundel County, located in centered on Annapolis part of in the Baltimore-Washington metro region, has been working to appeal more to student tastes while promoting healthy items consistent with USDA regs. There is unlimited fruit and vegetable service at lunch and kids are encouraged to fill half their plates with them. Entrée salad presentation has been upgraded with dark greens, specifically spinach and romaine, and the use of higher-quality black service ware. The first Friday of each month showcases a “tasting the rainbow” event which encourages more produce consumption through sampling and nutrition education. All school cafeterias have been enhanced this year to be more retail oriented as a way to combat slight participation erosion experienced in 2012-13. The district continues to partner with a pair of with local farmers for dedicated crops. It also launched a supper program at 15 schools recently, and those now serve up to 10,000 meals a month. Breakfast participation continues to rise, from 16% last year (see above) to over 20% this fall. Nutrition director Jodi Risse has her own local public TV channel program, Food 4 Thought, where she discusses food and nutrition based topics.
Lunch Participation35%


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