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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

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

Social Media Tips To Boost Participation

Encouraging students to participate in your school nutrition program is a continuous struggle that requires adapting to new marketing techniques. One marketing trend that has exploded in the past few years – to the point of almost being a requirement – is social media. Virtually all students are on one form of social media, so schools […]

By |September 1st, 2017|Fun, Operations, Technology|0 Comments

Breakfast in the Classroom? Try Breakfast in the Hallway.

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s why breakfast in the classroom programs are becoming more popular around the country. Irving ISD in Texas has taken it to the next level with their “Beyond the Cafeteria” initiative. They introduced hallway buffet carts and grab-and-go carts for breakfast, rather […]

By |July 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Intro to Composition: Food Photography and Menus

Learn about the rules of composition and get more creative to create eye-catching photographs for your school's published menus.
By |May 23rd, 2017|Blog, General|0 Comments

Eat with your Eyes – Food Photography and Menu Publishing

Ever wonder what a picture can do for your cafeteria?

Visuals are everywhere in the fast paced world we live in today, and they can make or break your marketing efforts in the cafeteria. Districts across the nation are using menu publishing tools to market their cafeteria offerings and increase participation. Photographs are a huge tool […]

By |April 8th, 2017|Blog, Fun, General, Technology|0 Comments

Cut Costs in Your SNP with These Money-Saving Tips – Part 2

A few weeks ago, I shared four money-saving tips for school nutrition programs to cut operational costs. Today, I’d like to share a few more in the second installment of “Cut Costs in Your SNP with These Money-Saving Tips”.

Trim the menu.

Sometimes menu items just aren’t selling – and that’s okay. Trial and error, right? It […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Cut Costs in Your SNP with These Money-Saving Tips – Part 1

It’s no secret that school nutrition programs across the country must operate on tight budgets. It’s absolutely incredible to me how, with extremely limited funding, school nutrition programs still find a way to serve healthy and delicious meals to the future of America day in and day out. We’ve shared plenty of blogs in the […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Blog, Operations|0 Comments

Smart Snack Attack: How to Choose the Perfect Snack Options for Your Students

Do your kids just love snacks? Do you find that Smart Snacks sell out faster than main dishes in your child nutrition program? Do your students get excited when new snacks find their way to your program?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you’re not alone! We learn from author Gillean Barkyoumb, […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Blog, Nutrition|0 Comments

Spreading the Word Without Breaking the Bank – A PrimeroEdge Webbie

Most child nutrition programs aim to increase participation, but are forced to operate on a shoestring budget. Because of this, it’s easy for child nutrition professionals to let their marketing efforts take a backseat to other important financial obligations.

In this PrimeroEdge webbie, you’ll learn why marketing is crucial for increasing participation and involvement with your child […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Event|0 Comments