2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank6
NameBroward County (FL) Public Schools
DirectorMary Mulder
Enrollment225,901
No. of School Sites243
Revenue/Budget$101.2 million
Free/Reduced Pct62%
Breakfast Participation21%
No. of Meals Served~32 million
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.50
Managementself-op
Websitebroward.k12.fl.us/foodservice
Phone(754) 321-0215
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeBroward’s participation has remained flat and it has embarked on a variety of initiatives to promote the school lunch program and applications in needy areas. Its budget is up about $8 million because of increased costs, mostly to comply with fruit and vegetable requirements. Universal breakfast is offered in 80 schools and the district is exploring a BIC program.; intercept “grab-and-go” breakfasts have been tested at 4 schools. The district piloted an after-school hot supper program last year and is expanding that to 22 school sites this year; it competes with a for profit provider that also qualifies under the program. Mulder says the most difficult aspects of the new meal pattern have been food cost increases and training students to select fruits and vegetables at point of sale to complete meals. Broward has experimented with many specialty fruit items: pineapple sticks, cut melon, star fruit, strawberries, fresh orange sections, etc. The district has restricted a la carte sales: in elementary schools, items can not be purchased unless students show a bag lunch or have obtained a school meal. Ice milk novelties are sold once a week, but also can not be purchased without having a lunch first. Most meals are produced in onsite kitchens although special need centers and some smaller schools are satellited. Ongoing site upgrades include a switch from steamers to combi ovens and the replacement of many antiquated freezers. It has considered community eligibility but not applied for it and has 17 schools in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program.
Lunch Participation57%


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