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Mr. Leroy Merkel Jr.

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Director

Local Address: Pennsylvania, United States
Food Service
 
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Kutztown
public.berksiu.org, 26 July 2013 [cached]
Leroy Merkel, Jr., Director of Food Service - 610-683-7346 Ext. 120
District Administration - Kutztown Area School District
web.kasd.org, 1 Nov 2008 [cached]
Mr. Leroy Merkel, Food Service Director (610) 683-7361 ext. 120
Leroy Merkel, director of ...
readingeagle.com, 17 Aug 2014 [cached]
Leroy Merkel, director of food services for Pottstown, said the district was approved for the new meal eligibility guidelines this month, after providing the count of its free and reduced lunch population in March.
The government looked at schools where 40 percent or more of the student body met the income qualifications for funded meals, Merkel said.
He expects the school will serve between 8 and 10 percent more meals now that they're free to all students.
"It's a game changer because some students are not identified as eligible for the free and reduced lunch program for a number of reasons," Merkel said.
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Merkel anticipates that may go up slightly this year. The district will cover the remaining 5 percent of the cost by selling a la carte items, like when a student buys a bottle of water or a cookie.
At the end of each month, he will submit to the state the number of meals provided by the district. He said he usually sees the money in the school's account within seven to 10 days.
The program offering free meals for all students is guaranteed to run at Pottstown for four years. Merkel said the district could opt out after that, but it's not likely it would want to.
Leroy Merkel, director of ...
www.pottsmerc.com, 4 Aug 2014 [cached]
Leroy Merkel, director of food services for the district, said the district will receive a reimbursement from the government for 95 percent of the cost of the lunches.
The district will get reimbursed at a price of $3.05 per meal.
The remaining 5 percent of the cost will be covered by the cost of the a la carte food, he said.
Merkel explained that the free lunches apply to the meal as menued. So if a student just wants a piece of pizza, or a water or a soft pretzel and that happens mostly at the secondary level then they have to pay for that and that should more than cover the remaining costs, he said.
The meals on the menu comply with the new federal regulations to make school means more nutritious.
The 2010 re-authorization of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act also significantly tightened the nutritional requirements for the school lunches, Merkel said.
For example, the K-8 lunch menu has to be between 600 and 650 calories and it has minimums and maximums for grains and proteins as well, Merkel said.
Its all aimed at combating childhood obesity, said Merkel.
The district has been preparing for the change, Merkel said, particularly given that in the seven or eight states where this program was piloted, schools reported seeing a 25 percent increase in students coming in for breakfast and a 13 percent increase of those getting lunch.
Our numbers were already on the high side already, so I would guess were going to see an increase of between 8-to-10 percent, he said.
Even with that increase, the district is prepared for the start of the program at the start of school, on Sept. 2, Merkel said.
Were ready to go, he said.
At the March 13 finance committee ...
www.pottsmerc.com, 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
At the March 13 finance committee meeting, Food Services Director Leroy Merkel explained that the national trial period a 2010 federal expansion of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act is now over and Pennsylvania must expand its community eligibility program in the coming school year.
What that means for Pottstown where as many as 2,270 of the district 3,110 students qualify for the federally funded free-and-reduced-lunch program is the ability for nearly all breakfasts and lunches served in the districts cafeterias to be provided free of charge.
Merkel said low-income students in Pottstown are certified by being part of at least one other program such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly referred to as food stamps, or the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
The new state initiative allows a district to apply a 1.6 multiplier to its percentage of qualified students, and that brings us to 95 to 97 percent who are eligible for free meals, Merkel said.
The state wants us to do this, Merkel said.
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Merkel said it actually costs the district closer to $2.95 to produce a school lunch and that is what the federal reimbursement rate is set at as well a rate which is guaranteed not to go down for at least four years, although it can go up.
If the school board authorizes the move, Merkel said he will notify the state and, with a little bit of paperwork, lunches and breakfasts in all school buildings would be free when the school year starts in September.
He said that in other states where this program has already been piloted, school districts saw an average 13 percent increase in students eating school lunches and a 25 percent increase in those eating school breakfasts.
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The 2010 re-authorization of the program also significantly tightened the nutritional requirements for the school lunches, Merkel said.
For example, the K-8 lunch menu has to be between 600 and 650 calories and it has minimums and maximums for grains and proteins as well, Merkel said.
Its all aimed at combating childhood obesity, said Merkel.
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