Why does school menu planning require good data?

Why does school menu planning require good data?

When you think of school menu planning, you think of food: pizza, chicken fingers, vegetables, salads. How often do you think of data when you think of school menu planning? Probably not as much. Data is absolutely vital to running a strong, seamless foodservice...
Special Diets & Gluten-Free School Menus: How You Can Help

Special Diets & Gluten-Free School Menus: How You Can Help

Allergies and special diets have increased both the awareness of and need for allergen-specific and gluten-free school menus. Some of these allergies and intolerances can be very severe, with a wide range of symptoms: vomiting, stomach cramps, brain fog, mood swings,...
Highly Refined Soybean Oil Not Allergenic

Highly Refined Soybean Oil Not Allergenic

This article can be found here as part of the Soy Connection Newsletter. Posted with permission. The U.S. Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) mandates labeling of all ingredients derived from commonly allergenic foods. In the United States,...
New USDA Standards

New USDA Standards

USDA Announcement Provides Changes to Age Groups, Target 2 Sodium Standards and CACFP Standards for Meals. The USDA announced changes for the 2017-18 School Year to include the implementation of the Target 2 Sodium Standards for NSLP/SBP and changes to the CACFP...
USDA Updates CACFP Meal Patterns

USDA Updates CACFP Meal Patterns

On April 25, 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service set forth new guidelines for the CACFP meal patterns for schools, going into effect October 1, 2017. Recently, the USDA issued a memo offering a transition period of one year for schools to adapt to the new...
School Lunch Menus, Money and the Environment

School Lunch Menus, Money and the Environment

A recent article highlighted the importance of efficient and effective school menu planning. This school district in California reinvented its school lunch program and not only increased the nutrition of its meals for students, but saved money and reduced its carbon...

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