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June 16, 2020 School Board Meeting
Title
2020-2021 Meal Price Increase
Meeting Date(s)
Consent after Information - 06/16/2020
Consent Type
Discussion

During the Board Workshop on March 10, 2020, the Chief Operating Officer and the Food and Nutrition Services Director presented data regarding the financial status of our Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) operation. FNS takes great pride in offering our students a wide variety of nutritionally balanced meals. Currently FNS operates eight (8) food programs and has recently completed a successful rebranding initiative that included a streamlined mission statement, new logo, expanded menu, and marketing through signing and social media. Learning to eat right is as important to lifelong success as reading, writing, and arithmetic. However, promoting healthy eating choices comes with a higher price. As a reminder, Brevard’s lunch prices ($1.80 elementary and $1.90 secondary) have remained the same for the last 6 years. The state average price for lunch meals is currently: $2.12 elementary, $2.53 middle and $2.56 high school.

FNS is self-supported and has little cost to the operating fund. FNS is fiscally sound, however we have reached the point where our expenses exceed our revenues. In order to protect our fund balance, provide healthy meals, and continue to reinvest in our cafeteria equipment, FNS plans to implement a multi-year plan to increase lunch prices for the 2020-21 and the 2021-22 school years. This increase will bring additional revenue which will be used to cover the cost of meals and to continue to offer higher quality foods with improved nutritional content.

Details of the plan are attached which provide an overview of the differences between the anticipated revenues, expenditures, and the impact on the fund balance. The plan for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 are summarized as follows:

Multi-Year Lunch Price Increase Plan for FY21 and FY22:

  • Increase lunch prices over a two (2) year period
    • Elementary – Increase lunch price by $0.15 in FY21 and by $0.15 in FY22
    • Secondary – Increase lunch price by $0.30 in FY21 and by $.30 in FY22

Due to the volatility of the economy, meal prices will continue to be reviewed annually and adjustments will be requested when necessary.

Recommendation

Approve the multi-year lunch price plan to increase meal prices for the 2020-21 school year and the 2021-22 school year.

Authority for Action
FS 1001.42
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No
Source of Funding
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
                 
Legal Counsel Review
No
Contact
Kevin Thornton, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Extension 11690 Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, Extension 11229
Attachments
fns-current-financial-projection.pdf
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