BISD breakfast program generates revenue for new cafeterias
POSTED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 3:52pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:20am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "Two years ago, with the support of the board and the administration, we were able to implement "breakfast in the Classroom" districtwide," said BISD Food and Nutrition Services administrator Silverio Capistran. "Because of that, we have been able to generate a little bit more money."
..."a little" meaning about $5 million dollars more per school year. And now the school district is finally reaping the benefits.
Because of the extra revenue brought in from the "breakfast in the Classroom" program, next year BISD Food Services is planning on expanding their warehouse and improving the dining environment in several of their schools.
"We're going to begin with Skinner, Cromack and Canales..." said Capistran.
But the cafeteria renovations aren't the only changes in store for BISD students. High schoolers will now have more lunch options, including sandwiches inspired by national chains.
"We are planning to serve pizza, Dominos Pizza in our menu as well as, the, we have an item called "flex delux" which is very similar to what you see at Chick Fil-A," said Capistran. "The difference is that ours is not deep-fat fried. The pizza is fifty percent whole-grain and the cheese is fat reduced."
But Capistran insists the changes are not only motivated by the excess funds.
"Our main idea is not necessarily to generate revenue, our main goal is to provide a meal to each student," said Capistran. "We want them to think about class, the material, not about food the first thing in the morning."
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23