There’s never been anything glamorous about waiting in the lunch line at school. What if that could change? What if eating school lunch was cool again? It turns out, it’s all in the design and equipment.
How do you make nutritious meals that students want to eat? How do you use the actual cafeteria space to entice students? How can you accomplish these things on a limited budget? One critical component to answering these questions and more relates to the importance of the school cafeteria serving line.
One of the biggest challenges faced by school nutrition directors throughout Florida is the ability to increase student participation. By increasing participation, schools can create additional revenue, have a greater nutritional influence on students, and even keep students safer by encouraging them to stay on campus.
School cafeterias are a central part of every Florida school, whether it's an elementary school, middle school, or high school. A successful school nutrition program depends on revenue that comes from student participation, and one way to help ensure it is to provide an enticing environment in which to display and serve food.
Breakfast and lunch are important times in any Florida school cafeteria. This is when school nutrition operators need to increase participation, provide nutritional value, create happier students, and ultimately drive revenue for the operation. With grab-n-go options, these objectives are a little easier to achieve.
At 1 p.m. on Friday, the cafeteria at Eastlake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida looked like your typical school cafeteria that hadn't been upgraded in years. It was dull and shabby and looked more like an assembly line floor than a place to eat lunch. Staff members were uninspired to serve good food, and students were less willing to eat it.