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.

School orientations and open houses are the perfect venue to reach parents. For parents, this may be the best (and possibly only) opportunity this year to interact with your program. Share your menus, nutritional information and meal payment options.  Invite feedback on services you offer and are considering, such as breakfast in the classroom, celebration snacks, and catering for after school programs. Consider staffing a table to help with meal program and payment paperwork options and to look up account balances. 

Take a fresh look at your online presence. The school nutrition menus are some of the most visited webpages on school district websites. Does your page look professional, interesting and inclusive for all? Do you have information explaining meal service systems and payment options? Is it easy to find nutritional and allergy information? Do you have information and links to relevant policies, such as your local wellness policy?

If your district and/or school administration sends out a welcome letter, ask if you can contribute a school nutrition welcome with brief information on the program. (Be sure to mention if you will be hosting a table at orientations/open houses!) Or consider your own welcome letter that the district office can share with new families.

Finally, implement a communication plan to share nutrition initiatives. You can use this Back to School nutrition post from USDA to get started!  Have a great start to the school year!

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...

Are You a Wellness Champion?

Are You a Wellness Champion?

The deadline is looming… are you ready? The “deadline” in question is the date for Local School Wellness Policy Compliance – June 30, 2017. All Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that participate in the USDA reimbursable meal programs must fully comply with the requirements of the final Local School Wellness Policy (LWP) rule by June 30, 2017.

3 R's for Food Waste: Reduce, Recover, Recycle

3 R's for Food Waste: Reduce, Recover, Recycle

Making an effort to reduce food waste can save your operation money, increase meal consumption in the lunchroom, and help minimize your school's impact on the environment. Implementing just a handful of these solutions can go a long way towards reducing food waste in your schools and getting students excited about the positive impact their making on the environment.

Cafeteria Makeover

Cafeteria Makeover

Are you a fan of the reality home remodeling shows? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a School Cafeteria “Fixer Upper” show? Do you wish you could “love it or list it" with your school cafeteria?

Have you heard about the Fresh Eyes Experience?

Have you heard about the Fresh Eyes Experience?

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine walking into your children’s school cafeteria or your workplace cafeteria. What picture forms in your mind? How inviting is the space? Now consider sharing this “picture” with someone that hasn’t been to your cafeteria… What messages are shared with this picture?

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Food Service Management Solutions (FSMS) is still as quality-minded as ever with its new brand name: Pro•Team Foodservice Advisors.