The Future Challenges & Solutions for School Meal Service
Schools are shifting and adapting to the rapid changes for meal service resulting from COVID-19 safety measures. An update from the Cambro Manufacturing blog says:
“As schools transition into summer meal programs, many of the procedures they’ve enacted during the pandemic will stay the same. The School Nutritional Association surveyed 1,894 school districts nationwide and during the last few months:
- 81% of school foodservice operators say they’ve distributed meals at curbside pickup sites
- 42% delivered meals directly to students’ homes
- 32% used bus routes as points of distribution
Of those meals:
- 65% percent of districts said they’ve been offering entrees and sides that need to be heated at home
- 36% offer hot meals
No matter if your district is preparing meals in central kitchens or at each site, hot and cold offerings need to be held at safe temperatures during transportation or distribution.” Read more here
Making the right decision with new budget challenges is complex. When schools were first closed, many foodservice operators tried to find a quick fix to
continue distributing meals to students. What many schools are realizing is that
something they hoped would be temporary is becoming a more permanent practice for the foreseeable future. It is imperative that schools find a solution that will not only help them safely and efficiently distribute meals during the coming months, but making sure these changes fit into a long term plan.
We are here for free consultations to talk through what types of solutions will work best for your operation, while keeping the bottom line in mind. We’ve gathered the best products for schools in the New York and New Jersey metro area below. Click to download your copy. Contact us for more information.