ERIC Number: ED031808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Taking the Heat off the School Lunchroom.
Lutz, Raymond P.; And Others
The application of operations research techniques to a public school system's lunch program suggests a possible solution to the problem of rapidly increasing program costs. A computer-assisted menu planner was developed which generated a monthly set of menus satisfying nutritional and Federal standards, and food demand cycles. When compared to the menus actually used in the school system, the computer-planned menus offered a greater variety, had less price fluctuation, and reduced the average cost per serving by approximately 10 percent. The menu generator was then combined with a set of inventory models to determine the ordering quantities and ordering intervals which would result in the minimum cost. The results of this procedure suggest that substantial savings are possible through the use of these models, both in reduction of direct costs and in reduction of clerical effort. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: Preprint of paper presented at the Ann. Conf. (19th, Tampa, Fla., May 1968) & published in THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 19TH ANNUAL INSTITUTE CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS, 1968, pp. 188-197.