Toronto Schools look to food literacy to save cafeterias

Program would focus on curriculum-based cafeterias.

June 22—Toronto public schools are looking at a new approach to nutrition that could make menus more student-friendly, teach more about healthy diets and let more students actually help prepare the food by focusing on food literacy.

A panel of students is prepared to give input to a planning group that includes board officials, the city’s public health department and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4400, which represents the board’s school cafeteria workers.

The committee of some 20 people began discussing this new blueprint for “food literacy” several months ago, before Toronto trustees decided June 13 to close some money-losing cafeterias. The problem has grown worse, says the Ontario Public School Boards Association, since Queen’s Park launched new healthy food guidelines last fall. As a result, young fast-food fans are going off-site for their high-calorie favorites.

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