Illinois school district may drop out of National School Lunch Program

Monticello School District is considering the decision due to low percentage of free and reduced lunch recipients.

MONTICELLO, Ill.—Imagine serving lunch and having nobody eat it.

That's what has the Monticello school district pondering a drop from the National School Lunch Program, at least for the high school cafeteria. School officials estimate it could net them $55,000 more annually than trying to meet new mandates going into effect on snack and a la carte items.

Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said the new federal rules could devastate current high school lunches, which generate about $180,000 per year in a la carte sales. The mandate is for healthier choices and smaller portions, but Aramark Food Services director Kari Perkins said it doesn't help anyone if students won't eat it.

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