SF schools receive boost in reimbursement for lunches

San Francisco Unified School District will get a whopping 6 cent increase reimbursement for federally reduced lunches as a result of a long battle with Congress, which passed the student nutrition act Thursday.

The bill, which also expands the school lunch program and sets new standards to improve the quality of the school meals with more fruits and vegetables, was approved by Congress with a vote of 264 in favor and 157 against the act.

Reimbursement for meals will increase to $2.78 per meal. It costs San Francisco $3.68 per student to produce meals.

The issue of student nutrition and federal reimbursement has been a long-standing topic of conversation in the district.

San Francisco officials, though, applaud the act’s passage.

“We know that eating right during the school day is absolutely essential for our students to be ready for learning,” Superintendent Carlos Garcia said in a released statement. “I’m proud to say that the food we serve them every day meets today’s highest standards for healthy eating.”

San Francisco began changing its school menu for healthier alternatives seven years ago to include salad bars at all middle and high schools as well as fresh produce and whole grains each day.

In June, the district rolled out a new plan aimed at expanding and continuing to offer healthy, balanced meals to students.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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