Improving school food presents financial challenges for almost every district.
Nutrition services directors and business managers can do a better job of assessing their options if they are able to analyze their existing business and then create various scenarios that will model changes they might make. In order to explore the financial implications of different models, it is important that they be able to employ accurate data.
Bon Appétit Management Company developed the Rethinking School Lunch
Financial Calculator, an interactive financial spreadsheet as a tool for this
purpose. The calculator contains several individual worksheets that track assumptions
and income and expense categories for a district of up to 15 schools, from
elementary through high school. The worksheets, optimized to support
"fresh prep" farm-to-school lunch programs, include both sample
sheets and editable sheets on which users can enter the data appropriate for