All schools should be doing this!
This summer, officials from Montana’s Bozeman Public Schools made a bold move and pulled Bozeman High School out of first lady Michelle Obama’s pesky lunch rules program and then something incredible happened.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, when the school initially signed up for the program two years ago, students started taking advantage of its open campus policy and grabbing their grub from elsewhere. This cost the district bundles of money.
Lo and behold, pulling the school from Michelle’s program worked like a charm.
“We’re off to a good start,” Bob Burrows, Bozeman’s food service director, explained to school board members last week. “Our traffic is way up … over 1,000 (customers a day) regularly.”
Specifically, the district earned an extra $54,000 in September from the sale of “extra food” items, such as individual sandwiches or cookies. Furthermore, total deposits are up to $73,221 this year from a low of $71,780 last year–while still providing healthy lunches.
If this trend continues for the rest of the year, the district should avoid losing money again like last year, even though it’s already lost $117,000 in federal subsidies for pulling the school out of Michelle Obama’s program.