August 2008 Your Turn

We asked the question, you responded, and—as is often the case in the complex work of school boards—the answer is a resounding … maybe.

Maybe you should outsource your food services. But the bottom line is—well, it all depends.

“If you are in a metropolitan area with several companies with experience in school food services, then competition should make them a bargain compared to reinventing the wheel in house,” said Bob Elgin, a Missouri board member. “If you are not accessible to a company with enough school business to keep up-to-date on federal requirements, then you might need to do the entire job yourself.”

For the record, 53 percent of you marked maybe, 21 percent said yes to outsourcing, and another 21 percent said no. Five percent marked “none of the above.”

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