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We just got a grant that will be for 1- to 5-year-olds so that we can work with the county health department to do some outreach at area supermarkets to help them market their healthier items.

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Barbecue is king, especially in the South, but we have noticed our customers cutting back on pork. So we started offering pulled turkey breast barbecue—along with pulled pork—on...

We offered a meal plan to our students who decided to stay on campus during winter break. The plan was designed to increase revenue and provide additional student services while creating more...

The district’s wellness department has bought lunch coupons and given them away to staff and administrators for them to eat our school lunches. That helps promote wellness because we have...

We have made good use of our contact with local universities to recruit dining services associates. More than half of our diet aides are currently dietetic or foodservice management students at area...

We identified a Food Allergen Advisory Team composed of 10 managers, chefs, cooks and our dietitian. The whole team will complete the Great Gluten-Free Kitchens training program designed and offered...

To help me keep track of the new meal regulations, I color code my menus. So for all the vegetable sub groups that we have to meet, I track those through color on my menus. For example, an orange...

After meeting with a vegetarian focus group we marked our standard menu items to make it easier to recognize the menu items that are vegetarian. Things like salad dressings, grilled sandwiches and...

In a dessert special this fall, our bakeshop made an assortment of whoopie pies filled with different flavors. We created a choose-your-own combo, or the students could create their own combo of...

We had a pumpkin carving contest in our cafeteria. We supplied the pumpkins, and staff members were able to take their pumpkins home and then submit their entries. Customers voted on the submissions...

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