Surplus from the food service program is mainly used to purchase new or replacement equipment, maintain equipment, purchase or replace cafeteria tables, upgrade technology (registers, pin pads, software) and any other capital or long term asset purchase that is needed.
Aramark provides management services for the food service program. All of the food service employees are Aramark employees. The District pays Aramark on a per-meal-served basis to manage the entire program – which means they purchase food, hire, assign and pay employees, provide management oversight, design menus that meet all of the required nutritional guidelines, manage governmental commodities, farm-to-school and other programs, and complete all required Department of Agriculture required documentation. Aramark is paid monthly based on the number of meals served. Any uncollected debt is absorbed by the District.
The food service program is intended to function like a business and is completely separate from the District's general fund budget. It must be self sufficient, or the District would be required to appropriate budget dollars into the program and develop a corrective action plan in order to make it solvent.