Just In: New Issue of Cafeteria Connection

Date: October 8, 2019 Posted by Amy Mail Twitter Facebook

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Sometimes the hardest part of getting kids to try school meals is convincing their parents of the quality, nutritional content and convenience of your offerings. That's why we developed Cafeteria Connection. The newsletter is written for a parent audience and speaks to the merits of school meal programs while also providing some nutritional tips and tricks parents can try at home.

New Issue: Broadening Appeal of School Lunch Entices Students

We recently added a new issue to the newsletter series. The latest edition, "Broadening Appeal of School Lunch Entices Students," highlights how school lunch programs have expanded to attract and hold students' interest throughout the year. The issue delves into the way NutriStudents K-12 builds its menus to appeal to students and beat menu fatigue throughout the year, including:

  • Offering an extensive rotation of menus. We have a full 30 weeks of USDA-compliant menu weeks from which our client districts can choose. Choose 6, 15, 30 or however many weeks you want - it's up to you. You also have the freedom to choose the order in which you use them.
  • Adding culturally relevant and culturally diverse entrees. Think street tacos and walking tacos, and meatless or embellished burgers, such as our Cowboy Cheddar Burger or the Mozzarella Ranch Burger. For ethnic diversity, our menus include General Tso's Chicken, Mongolian Meatballs, Beef Pad Thai, BBQ Chicken Carnitas Sandwich and Beef Pho, to name a few.
  • Taste testing with students and staff prior to adding items to our menus.

The issue also mentions that districts often have multiple options from which students can choose every day. Many districts offer two hot entrees, a cold deli option, a la carte service and a fruit and vegetable (salad) bar to appeal to most every student.

A Growing Library

In addition to the new issue, our growing library of Cafeteria Connection includes the following:

  • Goodness abounds in the cafeteria
  • School cooking vs. restaurant cooking - not so different
  • Meal time is a time for learning
  • Bag lunch vs. school lunch - which is better?
  • Farm to school movement brings fresher foods to schools
  • Teaching kids to choose 'smart snacks'
  • Salad bars - a bountiful buffet
  • School breakfast - a time-saving, nutritious choice
  • Ending the food fights; creating meals kids love

Each issue of Cafeteria Connection has a form field where you can add either your logo or text information to tailor it to your school/district.

You can access and download the full library in the client portal under Tools & Resources, Promotional Tools.


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