Philadelphia district closes kitchens at 26 schools

July 1, 2011
Action expected to save $2.3 million, district says

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Hot, healthful lunches may be a thing of the past for some as the Philadelphia School District closes kitchens at 26 elementary and middle schools to help bridge a $629 million budget gap. More than 70 percent of the district's 315 meal sites already lack full-service kitchens and have served pre-plated meals for some time. Closing the 26 full-service kitchens and switching those schools to "satellite" meals will save $2.3 million, but child nutrition experts say the move is shortsighted and could hurt poor children, who rely heavily on school meals for nourishment.

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