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NCSD school meal sales generate about $1.7 million

A student scoops peanut butter while making sandwiches for Food for Thought during Have-a-Heart Day at Woods Learning Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Over the last several years, school meal sales have generated over $1.7 million for the Natrona County School District.

Meal sales are just a part of how the school district funds their food services.

Sales in 2017-2018 generated $1,715,867 and are estimated to have generated $1,744,669 over the 2018-2019 school year.

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The NCSD Board of Trustees will vote to approve their 2019-2020 budget during their 7:30 pm Wednesday, July 10 meeting. The proposed budget includes a Food Service Budget Summary:

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The proposed budget expects to see $1,761,663 in revenue generated by meal sales during the upcoming school year.

Additional revenue for food services come from the Federal Meal Reimbursement program which is expected to contribute $2,928,240 this school year.

These and other funds go toward funding food services in the district. The largest expense come from buying food and supplies, which the proposed budget estimates will cost $2,596,000 this year.

The overall 2018-2019 food service estimated expenses came in $919,113 under budget.

Some Girl Scouts have told the school board they think that plastic plays should be used rather than Styrofoam trays in order to cause less impact to the environment.

The scouts said that Styrofoam can not be recycled and is thought to cause some cancers.

They said that plastic trays might have an added up front cost, but that their ability to be reused could offset this.

Information about NCSD food services, including about which students are eligible to receive free and reduced meals is available online.