An Arizona school district has saved $387,725 in lunch reimbursements so far this year after ending a contract with food-service companies and operating school-meal programs in-house. Student Nutrition Services director Charlene Story said the district relies on 57 student workers to help in cafeterias -- giving school-nutrition professionals more time to develop recipes. Next year, she said, she hopes to hire a chef to teach nutrition professionals to cook from scratch and lead culinary arts classes for students.

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