Cape Elizabeth High School drops out of federal lunch program

Cape Elizabeth High School in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is dropping out of the National School Lunch Program, WGME reports.

The school’s foodservice director, Peter Esposito, said that its participation in the federal lunch program has caused the nutrition program to lose money due to more students bringing meals from home because they don't like what the school is serving. There has also been an increased amount of waste from students throwing away uneaten food, he said.

Once out of the program, the school expects to lose around $40 a day in subsidies because fewer than 12 students receive free or reduced-priced lunches. Officials said that dropping out of the program will give the school greater flexibility to provide scratch-made meals that students want. 


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