The Search for New School Nutrition Software, in Five Steps

Our world is rapidly evolving into a purely digital environment, and as you know, school nutrition is following. Forget the stone age of paper records for menu planning, meal counts and eligibility applications – modern school nutrition operations run on data-driven decisions fueled by the use of technology.

But how do you select the correct technology […]

By |October 20th, 2017|Blog, Operations, Technology|0 Comments

The Simplest Ways to Combat Rising Food Costs

More money, please.

With the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) in 2010, school food became much healthier for our growing youth. Unfortunately, healthier food doesn’t cost the same as its less healthy counterparts. In some ways, I understand why. Higher quality products, whether you’re shopping in a department store or a grocery […]

By |October 20th, 2017|General, Operations|0 Comments

Trends In K-12 Nutrition

In a world of constantly changing trends and evolving food tastes, schools need to be regularly innovating and staying ahead of trends in order to attract more food-conscious students.

Here are some of the latest K-12 nutrition trends that schools have been paying attention to and implementing in order to boost participation.
There’s An App For That
It’s […]

By |October 11th, 2017|Blog, Nutrition, Operations|0 Comments

We want YOUR photos for our holiday blog!

How does your child nutrition program celebrate Halloween or Fall Harvest? Any fun menu items, decorations, costumes or signage? Show us!

We’d love to share your spooky/fall-themed menu choices, recipes, decoration and signage ideas, and costumes with our blog readers! Send in your photos to to be featured in our Halloween/Fall Harvest photo blog. Be […]

By |October 10th, 2017|Blog, Fun|0 Comments

Rolling Verification & Other Strategies to Increase Response Rates

It’s known: ‘verification time’ for child nutrition programs is October 1st through November 15th.

That’s the way it’s been throughout most of our careers in child nutrition, and although it can be a hectic time for Local Education Areas (LEAs) as they attempt to reach out to parents and yield higher response rates, […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

5 Quick Steps for Disaster Planning

By |September 27th, 2017|Blog, Operations|0 Comments

PEP Talks | 033 | Big Data

Stacy Koppen and Lynn Broberg of St. Paul Public Schools talk about the powerful advantages of using data to transform your foodservice operations into a revenue-generating machine.

Find out more…

Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services
Why SPPS Bought a Sous-Vide Machine
Food Truck Used for Summer Lunch Program?


By |September 25th, 2017|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

Innovative Mobile Serving Solutions

Information provided by Gayle Swain and Laurance Anderson’s MNSNA presentation, “Mobile Serving 2.0.”

Meal serving periods and other cafeteria logistics can cause challenges in your food service program. A typical U.S. school lunch period is only 15-30 minutes, and when long lines are present, students have even less time to eat. Many solutions focus on […]

By |September 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Highlights: Changes in Student Eligibility in 2017

Policy is the one thing that’s never constant. Each July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services, Child Nutrition Programs division updates its policy regarding student eligibility. This post covers the updated Eligibility Manual for School Meals Determining and Verifying Eligibility, released on July 18, 2017. 

Read on to find a categorical breakdown of […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Debunking the “Raisin Theory” – How to Engage Parents to Drive Participation

“I don’t want to eat in the cafeteria. All they serve is raisins.”

These are actual words that Deborah Seelinger of the Minnesota Parent Teacher Association heard from her son – thus developing what we’ll call the “Raisin Theory.” Surely that’s not true, though – right?

School meals are required by law to be healthy and balanced. School nutrition […]

By |September 5th, 2017|Blog, Operations|2 Comments