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Food Sales

  • How do you feel about selling a la carte items? Can it make a food program more financially viable?

    No. Selling a la carte items undercuts your sales of reimbursable full meals which reduces the amount of federal funding you can receive. Schools should focus on reimbursable full meal participation in order to maximize funding.

Salad Bars

  • We installed a salad bar, but aren’t seeing the participation that we expected or need. Advice?

    We suggest marketing your salad bar program through a special event like a Rainbow Day to grow interest among kids. Funding opportunities like our Mission Nutrition grant can support your efforts to increase participation.

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