Kids’ Safe & Healthful Food Project reports some good news…
Ninety-four percent of U.S. school districts expected to meet updated federal nutrition standards for lunches by the end of the 2012-13 academic year, according to a national survey commissioned by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. However, many school districts say that their current kitchen equipment and infrastructure limit their ability to do so and that food service staff need more training as they work to implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, guidelines.
The same article remarks on some of the challenges to going healthy…
The two challenges districts reported most frequently in their efforts to meet the standards were purchasing healthier foods (76 percent) and training staff (64 percent). Other challenges included needing more staff hours; an incomplete understanding of the new meal requirements, including how to qualify for the additional 6-cents-per-lunch reimbursement; and the need for updated equipment and infrastructure.
Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to offer some solutions to the training issue. We have two games that have been very popular with foodservice workers…
Meal or No Meal School Breakfast Training Game
Review the new USDA School Breakfast Program guidelines while identifying qualifying reimbursable meals under Offer vs. Serve with this fun PowerPoint training game. The game challenges foodservice workers to identify reimbursable food combinations that meet the guidelines through review of planned menus and corresponding photos of different food combinations. Players must determine if the combination shown is a "meal" (reimbursable) or "no meal" (not reimbursable) in a fun and entertaining game that takes into consideration requirements for two different school years (2013-2014 and 2014-2015) Perfect for training sessions or individual review to test your knowledge of the requirements. The Meal or No Meal School Breakfast Training Game has been reviewed and recommended by foodservice directors. Price: $49.95
Meal or No Meal School Lunch Training Game
Review the new National School Lunch Program guidelines while identifying qualifying reimbursable meals under Offer vs. Serve with this fun PowerPoint game. The game challenges foodservice workers to identify trays that meet the guidelines through photos of different food combinations. Perfect for training sessions. Price: $49.95
We also have a range of products to help kids make the connection between what’s on their plate and why it’s there! Our 1 Great Plate® product line was developed to bring life to MyPlate and ensure healthy, balanced eating by dividing your plate with visual representation! A healthy meal is pictured showing the USDA MyPlate divisions of 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 whole grains, and 1/4 lean protein, equaling 1 Great Plate!