health and wellness

ranch dressing chicken fingers
Last fall, Mark Augustine, executive chef of culinary and nutrition services for Minneapolis Public Schools, switched to concocting in-house—ranch dressing.
If enough of the lunches are sold during a trial run, organic meals will become a permanent weekly fixture.
The middle-schoolers also created their own dressing with help from their foodservice director.
man running illustration
As part of our wellness program, we offer incentives based on some type of health metric. Once a year, we cover the cost for team members to participate in a 5k race.
vanderbilt grain bowl
Three operators share why they’ve put grain bowls on their menus, and how they’ve made them a success with everyone from elementary school students to seniors.
hand washing
In recent months, operators have had to stave off more fears than just E. coli. Mumps, flu and hand-foot-and-mouth disease have reared their germy heads in foodservice.
vaccination
In a word: Yes. But there are two big legal exceptions, says attorney Rob Niccolini. And he warns mandatory flu vaccines might not be a smart idea for operators.
Temple University students may see plan costs go up at the start of the next school year.
The city’s 1,800 public school cafeterias received 8,114 health violations in the past year.
The department says the web-based process will improve the programs’ integrity.

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