As a partner to K-12 schools for over sixty years, we’ve developed solutions for healthy meals, made with fresh ingredients that students enjoy. Our experienced teams have cultivated best practices to deliver exceptional school foodservice programs that operate efficiently and with fiscal responsibility. Today we serve 2.5 million students in over 350 school districts across the country, collaborating with each district to create local, custom solutions that best meet the needs of their students, parents and communities.
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:
We drive double-digit meal participation growth by designing innovative menus, identifying the right federal meal programs for each district beyond just breakfast and lunch, and incorporating relevant technology solutions. As a result, our district partners see greater reimbursements and maintain healthier fund balances.Discover our Latest Advice, Solutions and Success Stories
Our chefs and managers conduct student focus groups, samplings and taste-tests for new recipes. Our team also interacts daily with students on serving lines and in the cafes. Additionally, we survey over 110,000 students annually using our proprietary Student ViewPOINT™ system. The valuable feedback we gather enables the continual enhancement of our food and nutrition programs with customized solutions for each district. From these student insights, we create more than 250 new recipes each year, implement new service models, and develop customized student engagement plans.
We are committed to creating dining experiences that meet nutritional requirements and generate high levels of satisfaction. We listen closely not only to students, but to principals, administration, faculty and other staff. Through surveys, focus groups, and regular meetings, we evaluate program performance, menu enhancements and promotions, nutritional concerns, and location-specific needs. We also lead nutrition and health advisory committee discussions with your district community.
We know that when it comes to school food programs, tasting is believing. So at Back-to-School Nights, wellness fairs and other occasions, we host menu samplings to demonstrate the quality of meals offered in your school nutrition program and to gather real-time feedback.
Providing food that students want to eat is key to any successful school food program. Our chefs and dietitians craft student-friendly recipes and develop menus with regional and global flavors to offer a wide variety of entrée, fruit and vegetable choices that exceeds competitor menus. Our meals also incorporate many locally grown products, ensuring freshness and supporting your community.
We emphasize consistency in recipe execution by:
We provide nutritious menus for your students by:
We carefully customize our programs to satisfy the preferences of your district community and support your financial goals. Together we will design a program that fits your district 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:
We leverage mobile apps and customized software solutions for convenient access to meals and improved service during meal periods. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed classroom ordering solutions that assist teachers in placing orders for their students, as a way to reduce building traffic and promote greater safety.
Using artificial intelligence technology and automated processes, our managers can view sales, labor and performance data in near real-time. This gives them more time and greater opportunities to work with employees and engage with students.
Our use of artificial intelligence streamlines the hiring process by reducing time-to-fill for hourly and salaried roles. It also contributes to a positive employee experience by linking them to the resources they need. Our dedicated 24/7/365 personal job assistant, "Allie," interprets and answers candidate and employee questions and integrates with recruiter and hiring manager calendars for seamless, automated scheduling. Ultimately, districts enjoy smoother service and greater consistency in associate management and training.
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.