BISD’s Daily Meal Cost Tops $342,000, District Calls Price “Necessary”

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More than a quarter million meals were served in Brownsville under their school district’s summer feeding program.

News Center 23’s Derick Garcia is looking into the figures and learned just how much each meal costs.

Brownsville Independent School District served more 278,795 meals from June 6th through August 23rd.

Most meals were served in June with more than 213,000 total breakfast and lunch meals and come with a price tag.


“I want to say about $2.25 to $2.50 per child for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch” said Araceli Soto Food Nutrition Supervisor with BISD.

Meeting in the middle of $3 dollars per meal, the estimated total cost of summer meals $836,385.00.

Currently, BISD’s Food & Nutrition Service Department has a budget of just under 33 million dollars.

The money comes from multiple sources and all student meals are federally reimbursed.

Normally our goal every summer is to reach out to more families more kiddos to come in and eat breakfast.” said Soto.

BISD is the largest school district south of San Antonio and serves one of the poorest cities in the country.

Soto said if students don’t eat, it shows in the class room.

“They’re not sharp. They don’t think the same. They’re worried about their stomach ache. They have more frequent visits to the nurse, more absences, drowsiness, nausea because they’re skipping meals” said Soto.

More meals are on the way with the kick off a new school year.

“Our participation for breakfast is about 47,000 and for lunch what about 37,000 serve daily.” Said Soto.

Add another 30 thousand meals with the district’s Supper Meal Program and the total meals served daily is an estimated 114,000.

Multiplied by the $3 average cost of a meal and the district spends nearly $342,000 dollars a day feeding students.

That is exactly what we’re here for on our part on our side of the field is we make sure that every child is fed every child is here and ready to be fed a warm meal” said Soto.

B.I.S.D has provided official documents of their daily records necessary for the Texas Department of Agriculture and the National School Snack and Summer Feeding Program for the months of June through August. An estimated 96% of the students participated in the meal plan.

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