Janesville School Board to get food service update Tuesday

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Nick Crow
August 24, 2014

JANESVILLE--The Janesville School Board will receive an update on the district's food service and decide whether to approve the service's budget Tuesday night.

Jim Degan, manager of food services, will present details to the board, including a proposed increase in all lunch prices for the upcoming school year.

"Average paid lunch prices must be increased annually until equity is reached but may not be increased more than 10 cents a year," Degan said in a presentation. "We are proposing a 5-cent increase in all lunch pricing for the 2014-2015 school year."

The district receives a total of $3.06 in free lunch reimbursement per lunch, according to the presentation.

The proposed 5-cent increase would set new meal prices at the following: elementary school, $2.25; middle school, $2.50; high school, $2.60; adult, $3.25, and milk, 35 cents.

The resulting estimated increase in revenue for the meals is $15,614, according to the presentation.

The total gross revenue for the 2014-15 food service budget is projected to be $4,830,699 with expected expenses to be $4,821,659, leaving a net of $9,040.

The district provides breakfast and lunch at 19 buildings and after-school snacks in six. Summer meals were available at 16 sites in 2014, according to the presentation.

Degan said in the presentation that total meals served by the district increased 86,754 during the 2013-14 school year. That is a 5.78 percent increase from the previous year.

In 2013-14, a total of 1,586,849 meals were served with an average of 8,534 meals per day. That breaks down to 951,719 lunches, 549,158 breakfasts, 50,754 summer meals and 35,218 snacks, according to the presentation.

During the 2012-13 school year, 1,500,095 meals were served. In 2011-12, 1,378,427 meals were served. In 2011-12, 1,378,427 were served, and in 2010-11, 1,327,086 were served.

There has also been a steady increase in free and reduced-price lunches in the district, according to the presentation. During the 2013-14 school year, 49.71 percent of students were eligible, up from 49.39 percent in 2012-13, 48.55 percent in 2011-12 and 47.31 percent in 2010-11.

Food-safe conditions and practices have also increased, according to the presentation. In 2013-14, the district received a 97.5 percent average approval score. That number is up from 96.5 percent in 2012-13, 94.9 percent in 2011-12, 93.3 percent in 2010-11 and 90.1 percent in the 2009-10 school year.

"Food and nutrition services has a stellar reputation with the county health department for food safe conditions, knowledgeable staff and food-safe practices," Degan said.

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