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.
We've had many discussions about student participation and have created numerous blog posts on how to help improve it in Florida school nutrition programs, but one thing we haven't talked about is the school food truck and why you should consider it.
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.
It may be the middle of summer, but school foodservice directors all over Florida are working hard to prepare their school nutrition programs for the fall. Nowhere was that more evident than in Atlanta, where the School Nutrition Association hosted its Annual National Conference this year.
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.
School cafeterias assume responsibility for nutritional needs of all students and staff. More important, though, they're responsible for safety. Taking every precaution is the only way to achieve these goals when operating a school nutrition program, and for South Douglas Elementary School in Douglasville, Georgia, this also meant improving the quality of their school ice service.
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