ERIC Number: ED082383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: 0
The Economics of Alternative School Feeding Systems.
Payne, Norman E.; And Others
This study, based on data for the 1970-71 school year, develops a uniform method for comparing costs of alternative school feeding systems. The study attempted to determine relative costs of providing meals under alternative production and distribution systems, establish standards relating to food costs and labor efficiency that could be used in appraising the relative performance of a school's food program, and provide management information that could be used in estimating cost changes associated with proposed modifications of an existing school lunch system or in the initial selection of a system. The average costs of providing meals under school owned and operated alternative production and distribution systems are determined, and comparable average costs for commercially provided supplies and services are provided. Findings indicate that the average cost of a meal produced in a self-contained kitchen is 62.9 cents in the North and 48.7 cents in the South. Northern satellite systems provide a meal for 53 cents, but the average is 56.9 cents in the South. Findings also show that labor costs are the biggest source of variation in the preparation of a school lunch, and that contract management and commercially supplied preplate systems are competitive alternatives to school managed and operated systems. (Author/DN)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Graduate School of Nutrition.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Agricultural Experiment Station at Cornell Univ.