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

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