Introduction

School nutrition programs face a whole range of challenges. From labor shortages to governmental regulations, how some of these challenges are solved will have a direct impact on the number of students who participate in the program.

Foodservice equipment can have a major impact on solving some of these school cafeteria challenges, so let’s take a closer look to see how.

 

Increasing student foodservice participation

Increasing student participation is one of the primary goals of any school cafeteria. When students buy lunch or breakfast, the revenue helps to feed many of the students who cannot afford to buy lunch or breakfast.

The bottom line is that food must be tasty and exciting to match the refined palates many students have. Directors need to consider diverse student bodies with varying culinary backgrounds. And cooks need the ability to do more with less, both in terms of the money they have to pay for meals and the equipment they need to make those meals.

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Solving school foodservice challenges

Every school district faces a distinct set of challenges. Some have larger budgets, while others have greater regulations. No matter if you're in northern California or northern Nevada or even North Dakota, though, every district has challenges built around five central themes: food, finance, facilities, human resources, and marketing.

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Benefits of school gardens

For more than a decade, we've heard about the farm-to-table movement and have seen it permeate our day-to-day culinary experiences. That trend has evolved, and it exists today in a growing number of California and Nevada school nutrition programs as part of a movement we like to call playground-to- plate. Benefits include education, health and nourishment, encouraging interest in food and wellness, and increasing student participation.

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How Northern California and Northern Nevada Schools Can Increase Student Foodservice Participation

 

School breakfast service

According to the American Federation of Teachers, school breakfast service is a key ingredient in school success. Students who eat breakfast perform better in academics and exhibit better classroom behaviors than those who don't. But when 73 percent of students arrive to their classrooms each morning without having eaten breakfast for one reason or another, there has to be a solution for changing this dynamic.

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Providing safe meals to students

Safety is the first concern of any school foodservice operator or school cafeteria employee. Students need safe meals that are cooked, held, and stored to proper temperatures and conditions. The good news is school foodservice equipment has never made safety easier than it is now.

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Selecting foodservice equipment for school cafeterias

In many cases, school cafeterias are using old, outdated equipment that is actually costing them money and not contributing to the overall goals of the program. In other cases, new operations are looking to building out brand new facilities. Either way, directors should consider things like menu expansion, safety, enhanced production, labor savings, and accelerated cooking.

When considering upgrades, keep things in mind like ventless cooking and warewashing machines, combi oven technology, blast chillers, braising pans, induction, and multi cook/multi-speed ovens. 

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Are you ready to learn more about maximizing the potential of your California or Nevada school cafeteria?

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