Schools should use farm to school programs to not only support their local community, but to say to Millennial parents, “We understand and share your values for nutritious food.”
It’s no surprise Millennials are constantly connected to technology, and that doesn’t change once they become parents. According to that same Barkley study, 35% of parents posted on Facebook within the last day. More than ever, parents are going to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to share recipes, review foods, and investigate the foods and companies that feed their kids.
Parents expect easy access to information that affects their kids – especially if it involves their health. What does this mean for schools? Cafeterias, and the meals they serve, must be transparent and easily accessible. Menus, ingredients, and even calories should only be an app away. Why? Because practically every restaurant and fast food chain provides that same service. Why would health conscious parents choose their school cafeteria if they know more about the meals being served at the local Panera?
School nutrition departments must embrace apps like SchoolCafé that allow parents to see cafeteria menus, check allergens, and know the caloric information of specific items. If not, kids will choose to go off campus for lunch or have their parents pack their meals instead.
To find out more on SchoolCafé, click here.
Millennials have grown up, moved out, and had kids of their own. Schools must cater to their interest – be it technological convenience or healthy alternatives – if they want to stay competitive in the lunch arena.
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