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Lunch shaming has become a hot topic among K-12 operators. Here, two districts discuss how their program has handled the dreaded discussion of unpaid meal balances.
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The SNA and its philanthropic sibling are taking initiative with one clear goal to get operators to be equipped to make sure that kids’ nutritional needs are met.
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Operators aren’t just thinking about food during the school year; it’s a 24/7 job. We chatted with FSDs about new avenues and venues for tackling hunger.
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The foodservice industry has been at the forefront of helping those affected, and noncommercial operators in the path of the storm were some of the first to offer aid to local communities.
The initiative is expected to reach an extra 200,000 students in the nation’s biggest school district. It is not anticipated to cost the city additional money.
Its five cafeterias were remodeled with decor ranging from a jungle to a 1950s-style diner. The district’s foodservice fund was used to pay for all the renovations.
The new policy is being weighed as a way to reduce the district’s meal deficit. Students who receive free or reduced-price lunches would be omitted from the policy.
The new items include bean tamales, teriyaki patty sandwiches and “sausage” subs. The vegan menu will be served this fall, and students will be asked for their feedback.
Power Up Tuesdays and International Thursdays will become weekly fixtures at lunch. The menu changes developed out of students’ requests for more diverse options.
The California district said it has banned the beverage due to the amount of added sugar and extra calories it contains. The ban will begin this fall.

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