What’s for Lunch?
Does your school district want to serve ingredient-driven, scratch-cooked meals, engage students in food literacy, nutrition education, and promote life-long wellness, but struggle to implement change due to fluctuating student lunch participation, budget and facility constraints, or lack of trained staff? Your district is not alone. Many are challenged with these same issues and in the current climate of the Covid-19 pandemic, every school district has been tasked further implementing new methods, menus, and meal delivery options for students learning at home and in-person. The 2021-22 school year presents more unknowns and school districts will be in the position to continuously adapt.
We see this time of upheaval as a major opportunity for school foodservice teams to redefine their mission and business methodology. Since March 2020, school foodservice teams have stretched and broken new ground they never dreamed they’d have to do. With the extension of Universal meals, the school food system continues to shift the paradigm of how meals fit into the school day and creates opportunities to reach more students. With every meal offered at no cost, school foodservice must reflect deeply on how they perform all aspects of their work and they have had little or no time for reflection.
Lunch Lessons understands these struggles and the challenges school districts are facing. With our years of on-the-ground operational experience, coupled with detailed knowledge of school foodservice operations, we can help your district innovate its foodservice system through strategic analysis. It is possible to identify new goals and achieve them.
Systemic Approach to Your School Food Transition
Lunch Lessons offers a whole system approach to “food services,” utilizing the complex interdependent network of finance, procurement, transport, food production, human resources, meal service, and record-keeping – while operating within a federally regulated environment with limited financial resources. We identify strengths and challenges within the existing system to craft strategies to meet the goals of the school district and community.