School lunch menu planning is often one of the most daunting tasks foodservice directors face, particularly foodservice directors who may not have a background in nutrition and dietetics. USDA nutritional guidelines for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and other federal nutrition programs are quite complicated. Required vegetable subgroups, whole grains, fruit, meat/meat alternatives, paired with limits on calories, fat and sodium, make planning menus a complicated undertaking.
Further, even foodservice directors who have successfully built out a 4, 5 or 6-week rotation of lunch menus may still struggle with declining participation as the school year progresses. Kids may get bored with shorter menu rotations or simply gain familiarity with lunch offerings to know which they like and which they don't.
Just in time for the 2019-2020 school year, NutriStudents K-12 is pleased to launch 10 new lunch menus weeks, bringing our rotation for every K-12 age group to 30 complete, USDA-compliant weeks! Whether a 4-day, 5-day or 7-day week program, we have you covered. Every entree has been tested and approved by kids of varying ages. The new menu weeks incorporate a wide variety of entrees, from perennial student favorites to some that tap into the latest food trends and others that represent traditional dishes of diverse student populations. These are not your run-of-the-mill meals! Weeks 21-30 entrees such as:
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Before long, we will also complete the 30-week rotation for childcare centers operating under the Child and Adult Care Food Program.