With over sixty years of school nutrition experience, we deliver an enjoyable, healthy dining environment for your students. We do all this within your district’s budget and operations needs by providing:
When you partner with us, your school’s dining program will support your district’s educational mission, satisfy your students and encourage community wellness. We bring innovation in:
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Our in-depth, proprietary Student ViewPOINT™ survey system delivers critical feedback for continual innovation in our K-12 food and nutrition programs. With more than 50,000 responses gathered annually online and on-site from clients, students and parents, we stay in touch with student dining needs, attitudes and behaviors.
The results of these ViewPOINT™ surveys drive customized solutions that provide ongoing improvement and valuable impact for the districts we serve. The surveys help identify what items are popular, what students value and expect, and what changes are needed. From these insights we are able to create more than 250 new recipes every year.
By conducting surveys before we begin operations, and then again every 12 months, we can regularly refine and enhance your program to raise satisfaction.
Because we are committed to designing a school dining experience that not only meets nutritional requirements but also promotes satisfaction, we listen closely to you, your students and their parents.
By conducting surveys and hosting focus groups with principals, administration, faculty and students, we can better evaluate program performance, menu enhancements, nutritional concerns, promotions and location-specific needs.
Additionally, we lead nutrition and health advisory committees with students, parents, principals and administration members. These groups meet regularly with our food service director to discuss:
We know that valuable feedback and great ideas are obtained simply through interaction with your students on the serving line. The cafeteria manager and staff for each school engage with students on a daily basis to get input, respond to comments and follow up as needed. Our food service directors regularly visit school cafeterias and participate in classroom activities to discuss school meals and sound nutrition. Visits with principals are routinely scheduled to share valuable information and insights so that we can best adapt dining programs to each school’s specific needs.
To make sure our services meet your satisfaction we go straight to our customer—your students and district community.
We hold taste-testing and sampling events for students, faculty and parents to determine and introduce new menu items. This helps us understand what works best for your district, while providing a “first-hand experience” with your food service program to encourage parent and community support.
We understand the centrality of food in our daily lives. We seek to foster new connections from farm to school to support menus that emphasize fresh and locally grown foods. Through these partnerships, we procure foods that are raised, grown and locally harvested in a sustainable manner whenever possible. We then prepare them in a way that respects and maintains quality, freshness and pureness.
Collaboration with industry-leading partners is one way we bring locally grown produce to district schools. For example, in certain districts we have a strong relationship with FarmLogix, winner of the 2013 Chicago Innovations Award, which uses its proprietary technology to connect local farms with schools, hotels, corporations and restaurants. The results are fresher, healthier foods for children and dining patrons, as well as increased economic potential for Midwest farmers.
Offering menus with locally grown food gives students an opportunity to appreciate the origin of the foods they eat and promotes a better understanding of the value of sound nutrition. Through our partnership with Farm Logix we share:
Delivering nutritious meals with a variety of exciting flavors and choices keeps students excited about their school dining programs. We offer a wider selection of menu options compared to our competitors by offering:
Our ability to customize programs that not only exceed your students’ and community’s expectations but also meet your district’s financial needs set us apart from our competition. Together we will design a program that’s the right fit for your district by:
Providing nutritious menus for your students is the foundation of their overall good health. We take this responsibility seriously by:
We want to ensure every student has the opportunity to enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal. We understand and accommodate the varying needs of your students by providing:
Providing nutritious meals is just one component of our approach to promoting student health and wellbeing. With our Healthy for Life™, platform we encourage students to make healthy decisions with student–targeted materials such as:
Healthy eating should also extend to the home. To encourage this we offer parents:
Building healthy eating habits requires giving people the resources they need to succeed which is why we offer a number of learning tools for your district. Interactive opportunities to instill valuable lessons about good nutrition are available through:
School districts that participate in federally funded child nutrition programs must address multiple and often complex federal, state and local requirements. We bring your district unmatched resources and expertise to successfully navigate the complexities of this challenging environment.
Because we work proactively to address nutrition-related regulatory changes, your district will always be well positioned to comply with current USDA requirements and future changes for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Menus designed for your district will meet or exceed the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, as well as state and local regulations. We continuously provide our operation teams with communications and training to manage a USDA-compliant and successful food service program.
We use the science-based frameworks outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for America and MyPlate in the development of our menus and student nutrition programs. And we are ready to help your district achieve the criteria of the HealthierUS School Challenge criteria if desired.
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COVID-19 will change many parts of our everyday lives, including the way K-12 districts feed their students. Discover three operational changes that are here to stay and how your K-12 dining program will need to adapt. Get the guide here.
Enrolling in federal reimbursement programs like the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) can reduce food insecurity while eliminating stigma for students and administrative burdens for districts. Aramark has worked closely with many districts to help them determine if CEP is right for them and implement it without losing revenue.