Content tagged "maintain revenue"

Preordering in School Meal Programs: A Method for Nudging Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 07, 2018

When students enter the lunch line, they can be overwhelmed with choices and aromas and make impulsive selections in the “heat of the moment.” This is...

The Conundrum of Competitive Foods: 3 Ways to Maintain Revenue and Promote Healthier Options

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Food service directors have a tall order to fulfill: they must ensure the hundreds, or even thousands, of students they feed receive meals meeting specific...

Buy Local for Your School: Getting Started

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Interested in buying local products for your cafeterias but unsure where to start? Try a few of these tips so get the ball rolling for a Farm to School...

Marketing Food to Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

In 2005, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published an influential report regarding the impact of advertising on children’s food choice and obesity[1].  In...

Smart Snacks: How One High School Continues to Contribute to the Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) and the introduction of the Smart Snacks guidelines left many school districts wondering how they were going to...

The Money Question: How is the School Cafeteria Funded?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 10, 2016

Imagine running your own restaurant with a captive audience of customers who eat lunch each day.  Now imagine providing these customers a complete, five...

The $75,000 Smile: Encouraging Customer Service in the School Lunchroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 26, 2014

In retail, customer service is paramount.  Research has shown that in customer service, a smile is contagious, leads to a better experience for the customer,...

Local Food in Schools: How to Overcome the Barriers

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 03, 2014

If you’ve worked in school food service for any length of time you’ve probably been approached about incorporating locally grown foods into your menus.  This...

Generating Buy-In From School Administration Officials

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

While most members of the school community are generally in favor of changes that can improve the school environment for students, one of the challenges that...

Increase the Number of Students that Select Reimbursable Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

During a busy lunch period, time is students’ most valuable commodity and they will often grab a snack or skip lunch altogether rather than wait in a long...

The Consequences of Banning Chocolate Milk from School Cafeterias

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 28, 2014

For many children eating school lunch, chocolate milk is a standard choice.  Since children generally don’t choose foods for health, but rather for taste,...

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