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HIGH QUALITY MEALS & FINANCIAL RETURNS

We promote student success by delivering sound nutrition in a way students love, with continual service innovation and proven expertise.

 

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.

What You Can Expect From Us

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:

  • Nutritious, great-tasting foods that meet and exceed USDA and state regulations
  • Culinary and dietary experts
  • Industry-leading technologies and efficiencies
  • Fiscal responsibility and operational excellence
  • Robust safety practices and communication
  • Deep community involvement
  • Maximized commodity utilization
  • Service for any meal program or provision (School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Foodservice Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Special Milk Program, Community Eligibility Provision, Head Start, Early Head Start, Even Start; and Provisions 1, 2 and 3)
  • Emergency feeding capability
  • Accommodations for allergies, special dietary needs or religious dietary restrictions

 

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INCREASED PARTICIPATION AND SATISFACTION

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.

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LOCAL INSIGHTS

LOCAL INSIGHTS

Robust student and parent feedback tools and consumer research enable us to tailor meals and other program features to your district.

A Student–Focused Approach

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.

Incorporating Administration, Staff & Faculty

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.

Taste-Tested and Approved by Students & Parents

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.

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FRESHLY PREPARED MEALS

FRESHLY PREPARED MEALS

Our chefs create menus using fresh, high-quality ingredients and our well-trained staff prepares and serves each meal perfectly.

Foods Students Love

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:

  • Properly and carefully training staff and continually reinforcing necessary kitchen skills
  • Focusing on product quality and nutritional integrity

Healthy Menus

We provide nutritious menus for your students by:

  • Creating recipes that focus on right-size portions and socially responsible food selections
  • Reducing added sugars
  • Reducing sodium by using only fresh or frozen vegetables, eliminating salt in recipes, and relying on seasonings to enhance flavors
  • Reducing or eliminating unhealthy fats
  • Incorporating the USDA vegetable sub-groups and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables at breakfast and lunch every day

Customized Service for Your District

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:

  • Adapting menu and operational models to align with labor, equipment and facilities capabilities
  • Leveraging our extensive culinary and nutritional expertise

Equity & Inclusion

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:

  • Gluten-free products and menus
  • Tree-nut and peanut-free products and menus that can be implemented in a single school or district-wide
  • Pork-free products and menus available
  • Daily vegetarian/meatless (lacto-ovo) options
  • Modifications and substitutions in menu offerings to satisfy other varying needs of your students

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TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Using advanced artificial intelligence, preordering tools, and modern cafe design, we maximize your reimbursements with more efficient operations and greater student satisfaction.

Mobile and Classroom Ordering

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.

Operational Efficiency

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.

Caring for Your Team

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.

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COMMUNITY WELLNESS

COMMUNITY WELLNESS

Our Healthy for Life™ platform positively impacts the health of students and families through engaging educational events and digital channels.

Healthy for Life™ Educational Resources

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:

  • Brochures to give middle and high school students important information on health-related issues
  • Wellness Lesson of the Month Poster Series with eye-catching, age-relevant graphics to convey My Plate nutritional messaging 
  • Health Finder Nutrition Signage and Menu Icons to empower middle and high school students to make positive food choices
  • Healthy Bites Sampling Program which encourages students to try new foods in a fun way by conveniently enabling them to sample healthy menu items 
  • The ACE Nutrition Mascot program which shares the importance of eating healthy and staying fit with young students

Bringing Healthy Home

Healthy eating should also extend to the home. To encourage this we offer parents:

  • Parent Education Brochures with comprehensive information about our Healthy for Life™ program and Healthy for Life living
  • Fresh and Healthy Adult Quarterly Newsletter with relevant nutrition news, “fad-free” facts and helpful tips for parents
  • Nutrition News Fact Sheet featuring the latest insights and information about health and school nutrition
  • Ask the Dietitian FAQs providing useful consumer-friendly suggestions from our Health and Wellness experts 
  • Wellness Information Centers to conveniently display health and wellness in schools’ entry areas, principals’ offices, or at other high-traffic locations

Student Tools

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:

  • Growing Up Healthy Educational Series, an elementary education program that complements teachers’ classroom curricula, encourages healthy habits and establishes a foundation of age-appropriate nutrition knowledge
  • Nutrition Webinars hosted by your food service director or Aramark dietitians for students, parents and community members
  • Cooking and Nutrition Demos conducted by our chefs for school or community events and serving as a fun way to engage students in healthy meal preparation
  • Social Media and technology to deliver relevant nutrition news, facts and insights through the web and social media sites
  • School Dish Website which features a nutrition calculator to help students and parents make informed dining decisions that support special dietary needs or lifestyle choices. This tool allows you to calculate nutrients for a single menu item, to “build a tray” with multiple items or to compare the nutrient content of menu items side-by-side

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EXPERTISE IN USDA REGULATIONS

EXPERTISE IN USDA REGULATIONS

We meet your district’s needs and school nutrition demands by staying ahead of regulatory changes.

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.

Staying Ahead of Regulatory Changes

We proactively address nutrition-related regulatory changes. Our chefs, dietitians, supply chain and compliance experts ensure seamless, continued service for our partner districts as new regulatory changes arise. And our on-site teams are fully prepared to successfully make required transitions without impacting meal participation or your district's financial position.

Menus designed for your district will always meet or exceed the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, as well as other USDA, state and local regulations.

The Right Nutrition Strategy

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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Robby Hooker, Executive Chef

Lewisville ISD, TX

Employee Spotlight

"Being a K-12 chef for me is not so much about the job, but more about our purpose. Every day, our team members prepare freshly-made meals with an emphasis on nourishing the lives of each student. We are committed to fueling the success of students, not only through food, but also through our exemplary service and nutritional education."

Sarah Viera, Executive Director of Business Services

Mequon-Thiensville School District, WI

Partner Focus

"No school district is exactly the same and each comes with unique opportunities. Aramark is committed to outside of the box thinking in order to help us meet the changing needs and expectations of our families. Every member of their team is committed to our students, and it is evident they truly care about the students that come through our cafeterias each day."

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