Becky Schilling

Becky Schilling, FoodService Director
Becky Schilling
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


For this month’s cover story we talked with operators to find out how they are meeting the customer service demands of each of the five generations served by the non-commercial industry (Gen Z, millennials, Gen X, baby boomers and the Silent Generation).

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With a very low percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced priced meals, 18%, Schuster, the district’s dining services director, knew he needed to make some changes to get students to...

Four million dollars. That’s the estimated figure of the amount of food that’s being thrown away in schools each day, according to a study by Cornell and Brigham Young universities.

Forty-five percent of operators reported that their subsidies have increased in the past year, up from last year’s survey, in which only 26% saw an increase.

Earlier this year at an educational summit I had the opportunity to spend some time getting to know Leah Schmidt, director of nutrition services at Hickman Mills C-1 School District, in Kansas City, Mo.

Bertrand Weber has transformed child nutrition services at Minneapolis Public Schools by moving away from a prepackaged meal model to cooking from scratch on site.
The district’s nine high schools are no longer on the federal meals program following a potential $3 million loss in sales due to Smart Snacks rules.

Two Minnesota districts are working together for the betterment of their students.

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Chocolate is found on 32% of menus and more data from research firm Food Genius.

A politician gets it right at the opening session of the School Nutrition Association’s conference.

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