Schoolhouse Beat

Chicago Catholic schools may outsource student meals

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago is weighing whether to outsource production of breakfasts and lunches for its 34 high schools and 300 elementary schools because of rising food costs and governmental regulations. Chicago says that as part of the change, the archdiocese may sell its food service preparation facility in Chicago, and 200 people could lose their jobs, Because of more stringent nutrition standards, school meals now much include more vegetables and whole grains, which are more expensive to purchase and prepare.

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