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Lunch Costs in Lee County Schools

7:20 PM, Sep 20, 2018


Gabriel Castaneda

3.3. 95,000. 62 million.

These numbers all are about what our kids are eating at school. We talked to Amy Carroll who is one of the dietitians with Lee County Schools . Carroll helps with taking the money from the budget and turns that money into meals on a tray.

The Cost of the School Lunches

But first, let's get back to the numbers. Lee County Schools serve about 95,000 meals a day.

That sounds like a lot, but according to a website, McDonald's serves that many customers worldwide in less than two minutes. Just a little perspective.

The cost of the meals served: $3.30, which includes food and labor.

$3.30 multiplied by 95,000 multiplied by the number of school days in a year, plus the costs of the kitchen etc. 61,923,550…. Dollars. That’s the school districts budget for food this year.

Okay, so now that we have the numbers, what about the food?

“We’re required to have certain things offered at every meal," Amy Carroll said. "At Lunch, for instance, we have to have a grain, a milk, a fruit, a vegetable and a meat."

Schools have to meet certain requirements for nutrition.

“They also have set standards for sugar, sodium, saturated fat, total fat, trans fat,” Carroll said.

Seems like the days of pizza and fries for lunch are long gone. But hey, a little fruit never hurt anybody.