School is back in session, and the 2012-2013 academic school year definitely began differently than any other year before it. For many schools, this particular year presented new changes and challenges as foodservices had to adapt their menus to meet the new USDA meal guidelines.
The changes went into affect on July 1, and was the first of seven phases per the USDA’s implementation timeline. The last phase set to be complete for the 2022-2023 school year.
The new guidelines specify amounts for fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and meat alternatives and milk and included dietary specifications to be met each week.
Because of these guidelines, portion sizes are as important as ever for schools. This is where the right utensil can make the new guidelines much easier to adapt to. Many of the manufacturers on Central’s website have portioners, spoodles, dishers, etc., color-coded by the ounce to make scooping the appropriate serving size quick and easy.
Looking beyond the new USDA guidelines, there are several pieces of equipment and supplies that make a school foodservice run smoothly. Using a piece of old equipment can be less energy efficient or could make a task more difficult than it needs to be. Upgrading old equipment and supplies can definitely provide long term savings.
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Don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions about school foodservice equipment.