Course Length: 2 Hours
Start Date: April 1
Increasing your average daily participation (ADP) is key to sustaining a higher quality school food program. Marketing is essential for increasing your ADP, especially when transitioning to a scratch-cook model.
Start Date: December 4
Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning guides participants through the process of planning for systemic, sustainable change in their school meal programs.
Recipes and menus are the heartbeat of a scratch-cook school food operation. In Recipes and Menu Development, we’ll discuss why recipes are important for a sustainable scratch-cook model, what makes a good recipe for school food, and what it might look like to transition some of your most popular menu items to scratch-cooked incrementally over a 3-year period.
In Salad Bars in Schools, we’re going to look at one of the most exciting trends in school food – the salad bar. Salad bars are a great way to get kids eating more fresh produce, but having a successful salad bar program requires a plan.
Course Length: 3 Hours
School Food 101 provides the overview and context of the operational demands of school food and the urgency of school food change. Participants will gain foundational knowledge about school food history, regulations, policy, and funding that will support informed advocacy for healthier food in schools.
Start Date: January 1
Managing the financial resources in school food programs is a complex process, and it can be even more complicated in a scratch-cook operation. Fiscal accountability is essential for school food programs to be successful in transitioning to scratch-cooking.
School Food Operational Models walks you through the complicated web of school food operations and how each operational model affects the food on the lunch tray.
With over 30 million school lunches served every day, school food is big business. In School Food Procurement, we’ll discuss why procurement is so important in school food, and how to align your procurement practices with the mission and vision of your school meal program.
Earn your silver certificate by completing School Food 101 and four additional courses of your choice.
With a Silver Certificate, you get: