NutriStudents K-12 is pleased to serve school districts and child nutrition programs nationally. As we beta test product enhancements, we often turn to districts that belong to cooperative purchasing organizations with which we partner to help evaluate and refine the system. South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) in southern Minnesota is one such partner that has found the value-added offering of NutriStudents K-12 is truly appreciated by its members. The article below appeared in a recent SCSC-member newsletter:
SCSC-member school districts have reported their foodservice programs kicked off the year with greater ease thanks to SCSC’s partnership with NutriStudents K-12. NutriStudents K-12 helps foodservice directors run profitable, USDA-compliant, efficient school nutrition programs with a 30-week rotation of student-approved menus and tools to simplify daily operations and reporting. SCSC is pleased to offer NutriStudents K-12 to our member districts for free.
“It is awesome! NutriStudents K-12 is everything foodservice professionals need,” according to Barb Rosin, foodservice director of Nicollet Public Schools.
Shelly Miller, client relations director for NutriStudents K-12, recently visited several districts to ensure they were making the most of the system’s menus and productivity tools for behind-the-lines tasks like reporting, ordering and promoting menus. A former foodservice director, Miller has become a resource for districts when they have questions related to daily operations.
Currently, nine SCSC-member districts subscribe to the system, some for the first time this year and others continuing their use from previous years. All appreciate the flexibility to use the system in its entirety or to supplement what’s already working in their district.
Alden-Conger Public Schools uses a 4-week menu cycle from NutriStudents K-12. Jamie Kirsch, Alden-Conger’s foodservice director, attested to the system’s ease and the simplicity of scaling recipes to her student population using the system’s CookBook.
“I have really loved NutriStudents K-12! It is a great support system and is very easy to learn,” she said. “I love all the menu options! There are so many! It saves a lot of time having all this at your fingertips.”
Madelia Public Schools uses a 4-week menu cycle comprised of 3 weeks of NutriStudents K-12 menus and one week of student favorites. GFW Schools use a 4-week menu rotation exclusively of NutriStudents K-12 menus.
Martin County West is currently using one week of NutriStudents K-12 menus to supplement the district’s existing menus to avoid menu fatigue. After meeting with Miller, Foodservice Director Tammy Holm plans to add more of the system’s menus into her rotation. She also sees that the system-generated reports can save her and her staff a lot of time.
While NutriStudents K-12 is a bright light for these foodservice directors, many districts have been challenged this fall with menu planning due to difficulties receiving ordered products from their distributor. NutriStudents K-12 is trying to help these districts secure products from alternate distributors such as Upper Lakes Foods and Cash-Wa Distributing.
NutriStudents K-12’s Miller will return to our area soon to meet with additional districts. If you’d like a personal demonstration or training session, contact her at Shelly@NutriStudentsK-12.com. It’s not too late for your district to take advantage of SCSC’s partnership with NutriStudents K-12 yet this year.