School opts out of lunch program

By Anna Carrera

Published 02/27 2014 10:33PM

Updated 03/21 2014 05:55PM

Update: 3:25 pm, 3/21/14, Friday
MONTICELLO -- The high school is opting out of the national school lunch program. The district superintendent says the district has been losing money since starting it. Students haven't been buying lunch, and if they do, they've been throwing a lot of it away.

By opting out, the school will move to a "food court" style cafeteria. Students will choose between hot and cold sandwiches, a Mexican Cantina, salads or a regular lunch.

The superintendent says healthy options will still be available, and while they won't be getting federal funding, they'll save about $60,000 by making the switch.
Original: 9:13 pm, 2/27/14, Thursday
MONTICELLO -- A Piatt County high school may be opting out of the national school lunch program. Superintendent Vic Zimmerman says the district has lost out on thousands of dollars since starting it.

He says not only are the students not buying it, but if they do, they're throwing more of it away. They would lose out on federal aid, but Zimmerman says it may be worth it. The school board plans to look at the issue next month.

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