Lake Placid Students Are Purchasing Fewer Meals

A new report from the financial office at Lake Placid Central Schools shows over the past three years kids are purchasing significantly fewer meals provided by the school..  During the 2010-2011 school year, students purchased 61,679 meals. In the 2011-2012 School year, that number drops to 52,335 and last year (2012-2013) the number of purchased meals fell to 45,247. Those numbers show a significant drop off in purchased meals from the 2010 school year to the present, in fact a 27% decline in the number of meals purchase over the three year period…  Prior to the 2010-2011 school year, number were somewhat steady with 61,270 meals purchased during the 2009-2010 school year and 59,499 the year prior. Over the last three years, however, Federal and State Reimbursements to the program were up from $110,000 to $118, 000 – an increase of nearly 8% over the last three years to the free and reduced meal programs which suggests that more students over the last few years became qualified for the free and reduced meals. During the 2008-2009 school year, reimbursements totalled $88,670 and increased to $102,313 in 2009. The reimbursements rose to $110,012 in 2010 and then were up in the 2011-2012 school year to $115,678. Last year, Federal and State reimbursements were up again to $117,989.00.

School Board members also suggested that one other reason for the decline could be attributed to the changes in the nutrition requirements of the school’s lunches, and the portion sizes which have decreased….  The bottom line, even in the public sector, students are going to eat what they like, and in this case the numbers are clear about the fact that over the last three years, 25% more are finding an alternative to meals provided by the school…

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