Escondido (CA) High School District has seen significant jumps in student participation, along with reduced food costs, since going to a from-scratch cooking approach three years ago, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Lunches now average around 3,000 a day, a 360 percent increase from 2006-07, while breakfast participation has grown about 270 percent, to about 2,000 a day, over the same period. Meanwhile, labor and food costs decreased $140,000 in the first year of the new program, and ...

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