Earth Day Tips: Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Program

Earth Day Tips: Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Program

Happy Earth Day! While Earth Day is only celebrated one day out of the year, we think it ought to be observed all 365 days of the year. To make that easier for you, let’s take a look at a few ways you can reduce waste in your school nutrition programs. Not only will implementing these suggestions help the environment, but they will help your bottom-line.

Clearing the Fridge: How Pro•Team organized Superior School District and got their menus online

Clearing the Fridge: How Pro•Team organized Superior School District and got their menus online

Jamie Wilson was looking for something like Pro•Team for a long time. As Director of Food Service for the Superior School District (SSD), Wilson discussed his menu concerns with a Pro•Team menu specialist. He reports there was an answer for every single one of his questions — and by the time their project was complete, Pro•Team had (unofficially) become his chef, assistant director, and data entry specialist all-in-one.

Not Your Mother's School Lunch: How 'Fresh Eyes' Transformed Rapid City Area Schools

Not Your Mother's School Lunch: How 'Fresh Eyes' Transformed Rapid City Area Schools

“When you think about school lunch, oftentimes a woman with a hairnet and scooper is what people imagine,” says Janelle Peterson, Manager of Student Nutrition for Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS). “That’s just the connotation---but we’re not your mother’s school lunch.”

Peterson developed and abides by the RCAS tagline, which promotes “ensuring a successful tomorrow through extraordinary moments today.” She and her team feel a responsibility to not only monitor food safety, but to deliver a complete dining experience.

A Case for the Busy School Nutrition Team: How ‘Fresh Eyes’ Helped Cincinnati Public Schools

A Case for the Busy School Nutrition Team: How ‘Fresh Eyes’ Helped Cincinnati Public Schools

The food service program for Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) holds itself to a high standard: with an award-winning director, innovative practices, and a fiscally sound structure, Cincinnati’s team is a study in possibilities.

“We wanted to take our program to the next level but we didn’t know how,” said Jessica Shelly, CPS Food Services Director. “We needed a new perspective to validate barriers we thought were there, and to identify things we were doing really well.”

CPS needed a strategy for growth but there were veritable obstacles. Staff time was limited, and resource constraints were a factor. Further, leadership perspectives were just too close to the source, rendering an objective evaluation almost impossible.

What they needed was a fresh pair of eyes.

Beyond the Salad Bowl... Can Vegetable Variety Be Trendy?

Beyond the Salad Bowl... Can Vegetable Variety Be Trendy?

The Romaine lettuce scares have left grocery shelves bare and salad bowls lacking lately. The need to look at another option for green leafy vegetables has hit schools hard, too. Suppliers struggle to deep up with the demand for Romaine-free leafy greens with limited inventories of other lettuces. So what options are there to provide deep green vegetables? A variety of veggies can fit the need. Several of these vegetables have been trending in popularity - so the time is right to offer them as new alternatives!

Why does tracking data matter for nutrition services programs?

Why does tracking data matter for nutrition services programs?

As part of our commitment to provide directors with resources and guidance we are sharing guidance from Jean Ronnei, SNS, (Senior Consultant at ProTeam Foodservice Advisors, Former Nutrition Services Director and Chief Operations Officer at Saint Paul Public Schools and Past President - SNA) on why Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) matter for school food services departments.

Join in the Great Lakes Apple Crunch

Join in the Great Lakes Apple Crunch

ProTeam encourages you to join the 2018 Great Lakes Apple Crunch! This activity is a wonderful way to celebrate Farm to School month and national school lunch week. Here is all you need to know from the Great Lakes Apple Crunch website.

Back to School!

Back to School!

It's back to school time again. For some of us, it's back to school meals. But for many of us that served meals all summer, it's business as usual. However, no matter how you look at it, this time of year is an optimal time to promote your meal programs.

Visit Pro-Team at an annual conference near you!

Visit Pro-Team at an annual conference near you!

ProTeam is on the road for several conferences in the next few months. Will you be making a trip to a state school nutrition conference or the SNA ANC conference for excellent educational opportunities?

June is Dairy Month!

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June is Dairy Month!

Before you send the kids out the door one last time this year, remind them that they can make their delicious summer ice cream treats even more nutritious by adding fresh fruits as a topping.

Summer berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, are a great addition all by themselves....low-fat granola and peanuts are also great toppings as well (and certainly much better for them than sugary chocolate syrups).

Later on in the summer, peaches are also a great low-calorie addition to frozen yogurt or ice cream.

Other ideas they can try in a pinch--try some of their favorite breakfast cereal on top!  Crisped rice, corn flakes, and other cereals work well with lots of flavors.  Ask the kids now to experiment over the summer and when they come back in the fall, have them tell you what combination they found was their favorite.

Find any great combinations?  Chocolate chip with almonds?  Spumoni with pretzels?  Let us know!

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School's out (almost) for the summer...

As the 2017-2018 school year is winding down for everyone, kids, teachers, and food service professionals are all looking forward to sunny days, starry nights and spending quality time with family and friends.

One of the best parts of summer is, of course, the cookouts and picnics...as well as the return of fresh strawberries, blueberries, watermelons and, before too long, fresh apples.

While many children will enjoy lots of healthy foods during their summer break, a few may have not have access to all the nutritious foods they need.  Fortunately, the USDA is again providing parents and their kids with information as to where they can get nutritious free meals this summer:

https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Parents and children can find the location and times to find healthy food options.  All they need to do is visit this site and put in their address, city, state, and ZIP Code, and they'll be able to discover the places to get nutritious alternatives to picnic fare.

From all of us at here at Pro•Team Foodservice Advisors, have a safe and healthy summer!

 

 

School Lunch Heros

School Lunch Heros

School Lunch Hero Day and School Nutrition Employee Week

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day: Friday, May 4, 2018

Celebrate School Nutrition Employee Week: May 7-11, 2018

Funding opportunity for schools -- Apply today!

Funding opportunity for schools -- Apply today!

Breakfast is the best start to your student's day. Breakfast is also a great place to start when implementing school health and wellness programs. Getting kids to eat breakfast requires creativity and ingenuity. It also may require some additional support, both programmatic and fiscal. If you are looking for some funding support, the time is winding down to apply for a Game On, Parents for Healthy Kids, or Breakfast grant for the 2018-2019 school year. Action for Healthy Kids has resources to help you make a difference at your schools through these three grants. It is important to note that you may apply for a grant for each of your schools - and increase the resources to grow health and wellness in your district. Get instructions and resources for applying, and make sure you get your application in by April 6! Check out information on the Action for Healthy Kids website for the 2018-2019 School Grants for Healthy Kids.

What's Hot 2018 Culinary Forecast

What's Hot 2018 Culinary Forecast

Menu trends for 2018 are of interest to all of us. As school nutrition professionals, we know our students are on-trend in fashion, technology and food. If you are looking at some insight into what's hot this year, read on!

50 shades of ethics

50 shades of ethics

…ethics is defined as moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity...(Oxford dictionary). Ethical choices are not always black and white...