according to documents obtained by The Miami Herald. To avoid a shortfall of more than $11 million, cafeteria managers have been told to order only what they need, share surplus with other schools and freeze hiring, the paper reported. The district also plans to use its automated phone system to urge low-income families to sign up for federal meal subsidies.
'We must balance our food service fund by [the school] year-end,'' wrote Penny Parham, director of food and nutrition, in a pair of memos sent to the district's cafeteria managers. If other measures do not balance the food budget, officials will ask the School Board to increase student lunch prices for the first time in 15 years, said district spokesman Joseph Garcia.