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As schools strive to promote student health, enhance academic success, and boost revenue, few things matter more than increasing meal participation. Speak to a representative today for a free consultation, call 1-877-276-7773.
Mobile feeding can increase meal participation rates by 98%, according to the Food Research and Action Center. Tap into this powerful food program by introducing mobile meal carts, insulated bag kits, and more.
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Grab & go meal options allow students to fit a healthy meal into their schedule without the need to sit down for a full meal. This is especially convenient for those who miss traditional cafeteria breakfast. Pre-packaged meals also reduce labor needs and allow students to grab meals at their convenience.
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Food merchandising at its most basic level is about making food look good, and convincing students to buy it. Go a little deeper and you'll see it's a combination of great food, visual marketing, and common design principles.
Talk to an expert in food merchandising to leverage proven methods for increasing impulse purchases and meal participation.
Schools that added smoothie bars to their meal programs saw an average increase in participation rates of 4.6%. Similarly, offering coffee in schools has been found to increase meal participation rates by up to 8%, according to the National Dairy Council.
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Nearly 1 in 7 children in the U.S. are food insecure, and the summer months can be particularly challenging for families who rely on school meals. Although not a top revenue driver, summer feeding programs can improve students' overall health and well-being, as well as be a testing ground for new food programs.
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Poor communication is often a major reason for low meal participation rates in K-12 schools. When parents and students aren't informed about meal programs or do not understand their options, they may be less likely to participate.
Schedule a meeting with an education expert to see how you can improve communication around your meal programs.
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Some common reasons include limited meal options, not offering enough times or locations to grab meals, and labor shortages. Additionally, schools may not be effectively communicating meal offerings and availability to students.
Schools can try a variety of strategies to increase meal participation rates, such as offering mobile feeding options, implementing grab-and-go solutions, utilizing effective food merchandising techniques, offering unique food options, and communicating effectively with students about meal options and availability.
Mobile feeding options, such as breakfast in the classroom, hallway food carts, and breakfast after the bell, can provide students with more opportunities to grab a meal. This can help increase participation rates by making it more convenient for students to access meals.
Grab-and-go solutions typically involve pre-packaged meals or snacks that students can quickly grab and take with them. This can help increase participation rates by offering a quick and easy meal option for students who may not have time for a sit-down meal.
Food merchandising involves presenting food in an appealing and attractive way. This can be achieved through effective menu signage, utilizing impulse purchase techniques, and leveraging the six elements of food merchandising. By making meals more visually appealing, schools may be able to increase participation rates.
Offering unique food options, such as coffee or smoothies, can help generate excitement among students and encourage them to participate in the school meal program. Surveying students to determine what types of food options they would like to see can also be helpful in this regard.
Effective communication is crucial in increasing meal participation rates because students need to be informed about when and where meals will be offered. Schools can utilize various communication channels, such as social media and newsletters, to keep students informed and engaged with the school meal program.