Solving Perplexing Problems

NutriStudents K-12 helps solve foodservice directors’ most perplexing challenges. Glowing testimonials from districts and schools of all sizes speak to how we can help you:




NutriStudents K-12 simplifies everything for us and tells us everything we need. When we had [an executive] chef, we had to work a lot harder. It is a lot easier now because we know exactly what to be putting into our recipes.

Julie Waugerman, foodservice staff
Hope for Hyndman Charter School


You have helped me complete my vision of what I wanted to do for my district. You put so much work and effort into my program. I am so excited about this, I cannot wait to see comment from our parents. I have already had good comments from my administration. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Vickie Speltz, FSD
Lewiston-Altura School District #857 and MN SNA President


NutriStudents K-12 is a great program for schools and we are proud to offer it to our districts.

Joyce Swenson
South Central Service Cooperative


NutriStudents K-12 helped me develop a menu I felt confident met the USDA guidelines. It has made recordkeeping a snap!

JT Clark, Foodservice Director
Park Rapids (MN) Area Schools


It is awesome! I had no idea there was anything like that out there! I was very impressed. It is very usable. NutriStudents K-12 is everything a foodservice professional needs.

Barb Rosin, Foodservice Director
Nicollet (Minn.) Public Schools


I am hearing a lot of kids speaking well of our good school lunch food this fall. We do not get negative comments any more.

I have seven of my own grandchildren that I am serving every day at this school, and they tell me that our food is better than it was in the past.

With NutriStudents K-12 my whole job is easier. We are spending less time doing food prep and cooking than we did before. The production reports are all right there and so easy to do now.

I really like it, and cannot think of anything NutriStudents can improve on!

Judy Gertz, Head Cook
Park Rapids Public Schools


Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to partner with you. Our situation is so unique - it's so hard for small food service operation to follow the same regulations as large schools that have more staff to do the all the work required to be in compliance.

Cheryl Plante, CDM, CFPP, Foodservice Manager
The Hills Youth and Family Services

I have really loved NutriStudents K-12! The program is very easy to learn and I love all of the menu options! There are so many! And the recipes have been easy to follow. It saves a lot of time having all this at your fingertips. We love the CookBook - it has everything you need to increase or decrease a recipe.

NutriStudents K-12 has been a great support system. Any time I have a question, I get an answer promptly.

I'm looking forward to continuing with NutriStudents K-12 and seeing what the rest of the year brings!!

Jamie Kirsch, Foodservice Director
Alden-Conger Public Schools


Our staff love the menus and the system-generated production reports; it is so easy just to enter the numbers. With the product labels on the system, our ordering is also simplified. I love NutriStudents K-12 and so does the staff!

Crystal Gauss, Cafeteria Manager
Hanover (Penn.) Public Schools


The portion sizes are adequate for our high school students, and the food is always tasty.

Tracee Colgrove, Foodservice Director
Pillager Charter School


We had our review yesterday and everything was perfect! Everything the reviewer wanted, we had ready. And we knew everything was right. She only spent an hour of the day with us. It was so easy.

Kelly Carnell, foodservice staff
Hope for Hyndman Charter School


Our kids just love the food from the NutriStudents K-12 menus! I haven't had one single complaint yet this year!

The menus and recipes are very easy to follow.

NutriStudents Customer Service is excellent. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. If I have a question and they're helping me they treat me like I'm their only customer.

So far, NutriStudents K-12 is the best thing that's happened to me in my foodservice career!

Sue Motzko, Foodservice Director
Sebeka Public Schools


The kiddos are loving the menus thus far!

Pam Cailteux, Foodservice Director
Deer Trail 26J School District


We are thrilled! The quality of the food is just wonderful.

The kids are receiving these changes in the lunch menu very well. Participation has increased for lunch and breakfast by about 5 or 6% after just one month and it continues growing. Many kids ask when we can serve what they're eating that day again! Even the administration and school staff have increased their participation since we launched NutriStudents K-12. I keep looking at what we are serving and think, "This does not look or taste like school lunch." It is absolutely awesome! I would be proud to serve this at home!

Incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into the menu cycle is so simplified with NutriStudents K-12. The kids are loving it! Our plate waste was reduced by about 20% the first month alone.

I am so pleased with my lower food cost because of the NutriStudents K-12 market basket. Last year I overspent my budget on food costs and had to go to finance for additional funding. I am writing fewer purchase orders this fall, and we are well within budget.

Our food service staff is absolutely thrilled with the automated production reporting now that we are using NutriStudents K-12. Not having to manually write them out is saving them so much time every day.

*Shelly Miller became such a fan of NutriStudents K-12 in the four years she used the system that she chose to come work for us in August 2019. She is now Director of Client Relations for NutriStudents K-12. Staples-Motley Schools has found that NutriStudents K-12 helped Shelly's replacement assimilate more easily into the role of director.

Shelly Miller, Director of Nutrition Services*
Staples-Motley Public Schools


I had to tell you how much I really like NutriStudents K-12! The production reports are so easy to use, everything is all right there. The menus are amazing! There so many food choices, and we get a lot of compliments on how the food tastes and looks.

Chris Boelz, Lead Cook
Staples Motley Elementary School


For the last few years, our school menu has been in a rut and the repeat of the same entrees over and over. In summer 2019, our school purchased NutriStudents K-12 and it has been great! We have over 25 full weeks of no repeat menus. Our number one customers: the students! They really are enjoying the new choices! We even did a comment box a few weeks into the school year and the responses were almost the same -- they love the Walking Taco (a favorite) and all the new entree choices we have on our menu!

The nutrients, the weekly production records, allergy-free menu, a commodity order builder are all at our fingertips in one software system! I can't believe we went all this time without this software! Thank you NutriStudents K-12!

DeAnn Arellano, Foodservice Director
Sierra Grande (CO) School


I've been very pleased with NutriStudents K-12. It's very easy to work with.

I like the fact we can now do more scratch cooking. And it allows us to use herbs instead of having to rely on sodium for flavor.

Some parents have even come to me and told me that their kids have come home and said the food is much better this year!

Sandi Rentz, Foodservice Director
Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools


Our new NutriStudents K-12 system is going very well for us already. We have quite a bit less food waste this year, probably 30-40% less than last year. Even our custodians have commented to me about what a difference they are noticing!

There is much more of a positive feeling from the kids about the lunches this year. I have not heard anything negative from any one of them yet!

It is nice working with the user-friendly menus as they are already set up and laid out, knowing they are totally precise in meeting USDA requirements without a question. It is designed so it is very easy to switch out one week for one of our old favorites if we want.

NutriStudents customer service is very good. Every email or call has been immediately responded to.

Our cost of food purchased is already down from last year after just one month because of the NutriStudents K-12 market basket and working with Upper Lakes Food. It is also much easier to track purchases now.

The use of spices and herbs to lower the sodium levels is working out well. The taste of the food is amazing!

Tom Marcussen, Foodservice Director
Park Rapids Public Schools