Among institutions in the United States, only the military feeds more people than the New York City schools, where cafeterias serve 800,000 meals every day of the school year. Getting all that food from the companies that produce it to the 1,200 lunchrooms where it's served is a massive job. This year, on the advice of the consulting firm Accenture, the New York City Department of Education decided to hand the task to just three companies instead of the dozen or more that used to divvy up the work. The school system was warned by other vendors that it was too big a job and that the three selected companies had credit problems, but it... More >>>
By photo: Cary Conover
Food for thought: Lunching at P.S. 19 in Manhattan are Akira Easton, 8; Tanika Seaton, 9; Aazja Lindsay, 8; and Christina Grady, 8.