2013 K-12 Power Players

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NameFairfax County (VA) Public Schools
DirectorPenny McConnell, MS, RDN, SNS
No. of School Sites188
Revenue/Budget$95.7 million
Free/Reduced Pct27%
Breakfast Participation6%
No. of Meals Served149,055/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.75
Phone(703) 813-4811
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramN
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeFairfax provides meals at 188 school sites and also 54 alternative schools and special ed centers. Paid lunch participation dropped 6% in high schools last year, even as free meals went up 3% and reduced meals went up 5%. The district subsidizes its reduced-price breakfasts (by .30) and lunches (.40), a costly endeavor. A la carte sales are flat, with vending sales dropping with a shift to more nutritious items. Two years ago, vending revenue dropped 12 percent when Fairfax moved into compliance with Healthier US School Challenge standards; 160 Fairfax schools now qualify for a level in that program. Fairfax buys pre-prepared bulk food that is finished off at individual schools (e.g., tacos, pizza, sauces, hamburgers are pre-cooked and no raw meat is handled); McConnell notes this greatly improves trackability. The district operates a central warehouse and redistributes meal components via distribution centers in 9 high schools; these also serve as production sites for packaged chef salads as well as packaged yogurt, hummus and p&j “Biteables” snack packs. The department produces meals for 37 elderly feeding sites, daycare centers and 67 Head Start centers and other programs. As a result of parent advocacy, district policy requires the department to seek to eliminate a variety of additives and preservatives from its food (91 percent of these have been eliminated.) Fruit and vegetable usage went up 29% last year, significantly increasing food costs. Nine schools participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program.
Lunch Participation46%

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