2013 K-12 Power Players

Take a look at the top 50 K-12 Power Players in this interactive, sortable data table





Rank5
NameMiami-Dade County (FL) Public Schools
DirectorPenny Parham, RD
Enrollment349,000
No. of School Sites356
Revenue/Budget$168 million
Free/Reduced Pct74%
Breakfast Participation29%
No. of Meals Served~50 million
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.50
Managementself-op
Websitenutrition.dadeschools.net
Phone(786) 275-0420
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeThe 50 million meals served total includes school meals as well as the district’s summer feeding program, those Head Start programs associated with the schools, a supper services program, and service to those charter schools managed by the Board of Education. Lunch participation had been increasing but was flat last year. Breakfast participation continues to grow due to the department’s Breakfast on Campus programs; it has had a universal breakfast program since 2003. The majority of schools employ conventional onsite production but some will satellite food to one or two other schools that lack full kitchen facilities; even satellited schools most final finishing onsite. Parham reports the most difficult aspect of complying with new meal regulations was in re-aligning recipes to meal components so that accountability could be documented correctly. The district has looked at but not adopted universal eligibility because of implications for other programs in the district. 62 district schools are eligible for USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program and Parham indicates it has had an extremely positive impact on schools, students and the district’s classroom nutrition education programs.
Lunch Participation62%


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