By student demand, district ups vegetarian, global options

Syracuse City School District in Syracuse, N.Y., will add weekly vegetarian and international-themed lunch days starting this fall, reports.         

The menu changes developed out of students’ requests for the cafeteria to offer more vegetarian and ethnic options. Students in the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse's Youth Council were responsible for creating and submitting the proposal for the change.

Power Up Tuesdays will feature vegetarian-focused cuisine such as salad bars, while International Thursdays will highlight ethnic foods centered on the diverse background of the student body.

Along with soliciting feedback from elementary school students on the changes, the district will set up a committee of high schoolers next year to garner feedback on the meals.

Read the full story via

More From FoodService Director

Sponsored Content
Mushroom Council blended burgers

From The James Beard Foundation.

At the same time the James Beard Foundation announced the first annual Blended Burger Project™ Campus Edition, they concluded the third annual Blended Burger Project™ with a bang!

The Blended Burger Project™ contest concluded with 414 restaurants* in 45 states participating, and more than 400,000 consumer votes. Over the last nine weeks, the competition created a buzz on social media with more than 4,700 unique posts on Instagram and Twitter using the #BlendedBurgerProject hashtag.

“The Blended Burger Project™ is a phenomenal...

Ideas and Innovation
moving boxes

Because we have 39 locations throughout the state, employees are offered a transfer if they’re planning a move. They’re rehired by the company, but there’s no additional training needed and employees are ready to go on Day 1.

Ideas and Innovation
staff pack

To keep staff motivated, we locked them in a room together. As part of a midsemester training session, we formed work groups and sent them to a local Escape Room to see which team could play the game together most effectively and escape first. Not only was this training a great team-building experience, but it supported a local new business and gave our staff a memorable experience.

Ideas and Innovation
star employee

Senior leadership meets twice a year to do organizational talent planning for every position from the top down. We talk about who are the potential high-performers, and go through how they can grow. People are your differentiator—you need to take care of your assets, and your assets are your human resources.

FSD Resources