K-12 Schools http://food-management.com/taxonomy/term/6598/more en A La Carte Down, Food Cost Up at Pinellas County Schools http://food-management.com/news-trends/la-carte-down-food-cost-pinellas-county-schools <div class="field-deck"> Confusing, sometimes contradictory regs partly to blame, says district FSD. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Pinellas County (Fla.) Schools saw a drop of $1 million in a la carte sales in the past six months while food costs have escalated $719,000 over the same time range, <a href="http://www.wfla.com/story/28608566/are-food-guidelines-too-strict-in-tampa-bay-schools" target="_blank">reports</a> local news station WFLA (link includes video report). The district&#39;s nutrition services director, Lynn Geist, told the station that part of the problem is the confusing and sometimes contradictory nature of federal school meal regulations, especially the new Smart Snack rules governing a la carte.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/la-carte-down-food-cost-pinellas-county-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/la-carte-down-food-cost-pinellas-county-schools#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:33:00 +0000 46621 at http://food-management.com <p>Pinellas County&#39;s smoothie program won a 2014 FM Best Concept Award for Best Menu.</p> Study: Chefs Boost K-12 Produce Consumption http://food-management.com/news-trends/study-chefs-boost-k-12-produce-consumption <div class="field-deck"> Signage and placement help selection, but only chefs impact actual consumption, says research. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Fruit and vegetable selections in school meals increased after students had extended exposure to school food made more tasty with the help of a professional chef and after modifications such as signage and more prominent placement of fruits and vegetables, were made to school cafeterias, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. However, it was only chef-enhanced meals that also increased consumption, according to the article, &quot;Nudging Students Toward Healthier Food Choices&mdash;Applying Insights From Behavioral Economics.&quot;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/study-chefs-boost-k-12-produce-consumption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/study-chefs-boost-k-12-produce-consumption#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:27:00 +0000 46571 at http://food-management.com Did District Go too Far with Healthy School Meal Standards? http://food-management.com/news-trends/did-district-go-too-far-healthy-school-meal-standards <div class="field-deck"> St. Helena Schools re-evaluates policy after seeing 25 percent participation drop. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Since 2012, when the district adopted nutritional guidelines that are stricter than those required by the federal government, school meal participation in the St.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/did-district-go-too-far-healthy-school-meal-standards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/did-district-go-too-far-healthy-school-meal-standards#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:45:00 +0000 46431 at http://food-management.com UK Center to Address Child Food Insecurity in Rural Areas http://food-management.com/news-trends/uk-center-address-child-food-insecurity-rural-areas <div class="field-deck"> USDA funds establishment of Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at Universityof Kentucky. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky (UK) officials on March 19<sup>th</sup> to announce the establishment of the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at UK. The center will use &quot;cutting-edge solutions&quot; in child nutrition to reduce child food insecurity in states with the highest number of persistently poor rural counties. Currently, about 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, with children among the most vulnerable groups living in these areas.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/uk-center-address-child-food-insecurity-rural-areas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/uk-center-address-child-food-insecurity-rural-areas#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:08:00 +0000 46421 at http://food-management.com <p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (l.); UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Dean Nancy Cox; and Gov. Steve Beshear announce the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky.</p> Photo by Steve Patton, UK Ag Communications New Jersey Bill Mandates Schools Consider Cultural/Dietary K-12 Meal Options http://food-management.com/news-trends/new-jersey-bill-mandates-schools-consider-culturaldietary-k-12-meal-options <div class="field-deck"> Bill passed by state legislature is headed to governor's desk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>New Jersey schools must at least consider offering more cultural and dietary sensitive lunch options under a bill headed to Gov. Chris Christie&#39;s desk for approval, <a href="http://www.nj.com/education/2015/03/cultural_dietary_friendly_school_lunch_bill_heads.html#incart_2box_news_index.ssf" target="_blank">reports</a> NJ.com. It would create a form for all middle and high school students to fill out, indicating any unmet school lunch dietary preferences and describing any food concerns the student wishes to see addressed.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/new-jersey-bill-mandates-schools-consider-culturaldietary-k-12-meal-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/new-jersey-bill-mandates-schools-consider-culturaldietary-k-12-meal-options#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:54:00 +0000 46401 at http://food-management.com Free Meals for All? Not so Fast http://food-management.com/k-12-schools/free-meals-all-not-so-fast <div class="field-deck"> West Virginia’s Feed to Achieve Act isn’t feeding all kids free meals, but it has increased breakfast participation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>West Virginia’s Feed to Achieve Act isn’t feeding all kids free meals, but it has increased breakfast participation. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/k-12-schools/free-meals-all-not-so-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/k-12-schools/free-meals-all-not-so-fast#comments K-12 Schools Private Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:45:00 +0000 46361 at http://food-management.com Thinkstock Boston Schools Plan to Limit Meal Choices to Cut Costs http://food-management.com/news-trends/boston-schools-plan-limit-meal-choices-cut-costs <div class="field-deck"> The change will affect schools with onsite kitchens, which had been providing more choices than satellite sites. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>A plan by Boston public schools to cut costs by reducing the number of menu choices at 40 schools is raising concerns among some parents and food service employees, <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/03/15/plan-curb-boston-school-menu-items-stirs-concern/rBASSMGSNrV5Ispgxr79QN/story.html" target="_blank">reports</a> the <em>Boston Globe</em>. The affected schools are those with onsite kitchens that produce and satellite meals to 80 other sites, which already have had the limited menu options now being proposed for all sites.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/boston-schools-plan-limit-meal-choices-cut-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/boston-schools-plan-limit-meal-choices-cut-costs#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:49:00 +0000 46311 at http://food-management.com Former Pinellas FSD Dunham Joins Reimbursable Vended Meals Firm http://food-management.com/news-trends/former-pinellas-fsd-dunham-joins-reimbursable-vended-meals-firm <div class="field-deck"> Now at Star Food, Art Dunham led a $50 million school nutrition program to a number of innovations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Art Dunham, formerly director of foodservice for Pinellas County (Fla.) Schools, has joined reimbursable school meal vending firm Star Food Healthy Express.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is no more qualified or passionate person about feeding more kids than Art Dunham,&rdquo; says Bob Gottlieb, director of educational services for the company. &ldquo;Art is well known nationally and recognized for his progressive approaches to managing the trifecta of compliance, foodservice operations and people management. And that includes understanding what kids want too.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/former-pinellas-fsd-dunham-joins-reimbursable-vended-meals-firm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/former-pinellas-fsd-dunham-joins-reimbursable-vended-meals-firm#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:40:00 +0000 46271 at http://food-management.com Research Paper Examines K-12 Outsourcing http://food-management.com/news-trends/research-paper-examines-k-12-outsourcing <div class="field-deck"> Data from outsourcing districts used to develop cost/benefit framework. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>An article published in the February issue of the <em>International Journal of Hospitality Management</em> uses a survey of school administrators mostly from districts where food service is outsourced to create a cost and benefit framework for K-12 food service operations outsourcing decisions.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/research-paper-examines-k-12-outsourcing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/research-paper-examines-k-12-outsourcing#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:31:00 +0000 45601 at http://food-management.com District Plays Hardball with Deadbeat Lunch Accounts http://food-management.com/news-trends/district-plays-hardball-deadbeat-lunch-accounts <div class="field-deck"> Sharpsville (Pa.) Schools takes seven parents to court on theft of services charges as last resort. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The Sharpsville (Pa.) Area School District recently took seven parents of district students to court for theft of services over unpaid cafeteria bills totaling nearly $4,500, <a href="http://www.sharonherald.com/news/local_news/sharpsville-parents-told-to-pay-up-unpaid-lunch-tabs-land/article_662e701f-8f68-513e-aee5-e3f87d9a5756.html" target="_blank">reports</a> the <em>Sharon Herald</em>.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://food-management.com/news-trends/district-plays-hardball-deadbeat-lunch-accounts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://food-management.com/news-trends/district-plays-hardball-deadbeat-lunch-accounts#comments K-12 Schools News & Trends Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:28:00 +0000 45541 at http://food-management.com