MOBILE, Alabama -- For National School Lunch Week, we at MCPSS.com thought we’d share some interesting facts about what’s being served in Mobile County Public Schools cafeterias.
Here we go:
With 90 schools spread out over a county the size of Rhode Island, Mobile County Public Schools is the largest restaurant in Alabama, and likely the region.
We serve 40,298 lunches daily.
Each year, we serve
3 million breakfasts
7.8 million lunches
7.7 million bottles of milk
1.2 million slices of pizza
And much, much more.
Elementary and middle school students pay $2 for lunch, while high schoolers pay $2.25. But many students qualify for free or reduced priced lunches through the federal government.
MCPSS is the only school system in Alabama to have all of its schools meet the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge. We did so by serving more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and by promoting increased physical activity.
Fryers have been removed from all cafeterias, so food is being baked and steamed. And schools have cut back on fat and calories as well as the use of butter and salt.
“Hopefully we have made a difference in the food choices our children make,” said Child Nutrition Director Suzanne Yates.
What do we serve? Here are two examples of our lunch menus:
Baked chicken, sweet potatoes, green beans, Caesar salad, whole-wheat roll, fresh fruit.