BENEFITS OF ASSESSMENT
Food Service Departments are a critical part of the daily fabric of school life, yet, they often go unseen and unappreciated despite the fact they account for a large percentage of hourly staff in a school district and their “work” touches almost every child daily. Many school districts do not view the Food Services Departments as more than a requirement to make sure children are fed. The fact that Food Services Departments are solely responsible for managing the eligibility status of the entire district is often overlooked.
Food Service Assessments:
- Create the opportunity to bring the accomplishments and the challenges faced by Food Service Departments to light.
- Give the Food Service teams a voice
- Help illustrate the importance of their work and what they accomplish within exceedingly small budgets and in often outdated conditions.
- Highlight the “next steps” from the vision of the department itself.
- Assist in activating practical next steps and the inputs needed to achieve them.
FOOD SERVICE ASSESSMENT
Lunch Lessons’ approach utilizes a whole system perspective and examines the complex inter-dependent network of systems of a Food Service Department:
- Food Production and Meal Service
- Facilities and Transport
- Federally Mandated Record Keeping
- Human Resources
- Marketing and Communication
We identify strengths and challenges within the existing system to drive the strategies for change, while considering the district’s desired outcomes. It is important to point pin the fully functioning systems that can support change versus the areas of operation that may need modification. As this will determine the feasibility of meeting the district’s goals.
While working through the steps of the assessment, we are committed to communicating with the department leadership to insure a complete understanding of the assessment’s processes. Many of the findings will be shared along the way to facilitate clear understanding from start to finish.