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School Foodservice Equipment for 2015/2016 School Year

School Foodservice: Preparing for the School Year

School foodservices! Can you believe the 2015/2016 school year is almost here? Be sure your cafeteria is prepared with the following pieces of equipment from Central to help you make it a great year!

Find all of the products below and more in the School Homeroom section of our website.

True T-49 Reach-In Refrigerator

The True T-49 reach-in refrigerator is one of the best in the industry, and has a five star rating on our website! It’s spacious 49 cubic foot interior is ideal for storing anything you need for your school’s cafeteria. With a temperature range of 33°F to 38°F, you will get the best possible food preservation and safety.

True T-49

Vulcan VC4 Convection Oven

When working in any kitchen, simplicity is key. This is how Vulcan created their VC4 convection ovens to allow school foodservice operations the ability to cook quickly and efficiently without trying to figure out all the bells and whistles that may not be necessary. Available in gas or electric, this oven uses a unique heat recovery system to recirculate air and save energy. Plus, as an added bonus, if you buy the Vulcan VC4 through Central, you will receive a free rack hanger, oven rack, two heavy duty sheet pans and a thermometer/time dual sensing probe.

Vulcan VC4

 

Metro C539 Holding and Transport Cabinet

Often times in school foodservice operations, food is prepared in advanced and has to be stored for the various lunch periods. The Metro C539 holding and transport cabinet is the perfect solution to hold food. It comes with the choice of Lexan (clear) or solid doors that are insulated to keep in heat. The adjustable digital thermostat is easy to use with recessed controls for safety. It also includes 17 slide pairs and can hold 34 full-size sheet pans.

Metro C539

Nemco Easy Chopper II

There’s no sense in spending hours prepping vegetables when a piece of equipment can provide those labor savings for you. The Nemco Easy Chopper II slices and dices within seconds to your preference of cut thickness. It has a lightweight aluminum construction with stainless steel blades that are easy to clean.

Nemco Easy Chopper

Robot Coupe R2N Food Processor

The Robot Coupe R2N is a well-known and trusted food processor in the foodservice industry and will be the perfect addition to your school foodservice. It’s great for a wide variety of tasks such as mixing, pureeing, blending and kneading. It features a pulse switch for greater user control and can prepare an amazing 850 servings in three hours or less! Also, with any purchase of this food processor through Central, you will also get a free stainless steel bowl, lid and “S” blade.

Robot Coupe R2N

Jackson TEMPSTAR Single Rack Dishwasher

Once the cooking part of the day begins to wind down, you have to clean up! The Jackson TEMPSTAR high temperature single rack dishwasher is just the machine to get the job done. It has a door actuated start for safe and easy operation with a multi-time cycle timer to adjust your needs from normal to heavy duty. It uses 0.89 gallons of water per racks and has a 58 racks per hour capacity. It also has a totally automatic 57 second cycle.

Jackson TEMPSTAR

Need Help?

Central hand-picked all the items in our School Homeroom section of our website! Feel free to contact us at 800-215-9293 with any questions for your school foodservice needs. Working on a grant or bid? We can help with that too! We work with schools to get you the total amount or quote needed so you can finalize your application. Call or live chat with us now for details.

Image at top photo credit: USDAgov / Foter / CC BY

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Latest School Food Service News and Pre-Holiday Checklist

As the holiday season inches closer and closer, catch up on the latest school food service news and create a pre-holiday checklist.

school food serviceLatest School Food Service News

President Signs Bill To Increase EpiPens in Schools

With life threatening allergies on the rise, President Obama signed a bill on Wednesday November 13 to increase EpiPens in schools.  Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

FAME Award Winners Announced

Winners have been announced for the 25th annual Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards program.   Sandra Ford, SNS, director, Food and Nutrition Services of the Manatee County School District in Bradenton, Fla. won Golden Food Service Director of the Year. Read about this award and learn about other award winners from the School Nutrition Association.

Data Now Available for National School Lunch Participation and More

The USDA has updated data for Child Nutrition Tables. Learn about National School Lunch and School Breakfast participation, program costs, meals served and more on from the USDA.

Changes to National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services has proposed a rule “to amend the eligibility regulations for free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program to codify the statutory provision that establishes the community eligibility provision, a reimbursement option for eligible local educational agencies and schools that wish to offer free school meals to all children in high poverty schools without collecting household applications.” Read the rule in it’s entirety or read a summarized version from the the School Nutrition Association.

Farm to School Month and School to Farm Census Results

October was the USDA’s Farm to School Month. During this year’s event, they released the first “Farm to School Census” from the 2011 to 2012 school year.  This study concluded there were over 38,000 schools with 21 million students serving over $350 million in local food.  Read more from the USDA and view the census results.

school food servicePre-Holiday Checklist

Replace Old Equipment

It is easy to ignore problems or or fail to keep up with routine maintenance when it comes to food service equipment–that is until something goes out completely.  Never wait until equipment is broken because in some cases it can take days for a service call to get resolved (which could be detrimental to your operation).  Take some time to review routine maintenance goals and replace equipment (or supplies) if necessary.

Review Food Safety Goals

Make sure school food service employees are following all food safety guidelines from proper handwashing techniques to cooking food thoroughly. Our Food Safety Resource Guide can help fill in any blanks and read articles about food safety on our blog.

Implement or Reassess Food Allergy Protocol

According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), one of every 13 children are affected by food allergies. Whether your school food service is very familiar with allergies, or is just learning how to implement procedures, it’s important to review your strategy.  In October, the CDC released “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs” which is a great resource for schools of all levels.

school food serviceApply for Grants

Take advantage of potential free money to improve your school food service. Here are a  few grants currently available on a national level, be sure to search your area for local grants:

Analyze Food Buying Procedures

Take some time to review how much your school food service is buying and spending.  The National Food Service Management Institute of the University of Mississippi has created this helpful “Food Buying Guide” which is a calculator for the child nutrition programs.  It allows you to choose a type of food, serving size and number of servings then calculates how much should be purchased.  This is a free feature that doesn’t require (or even have) login information; simply print or email your list.

 

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: September 21

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from September 17-21.

Quick Service Restaurants Continue To Lead In Sales

From Nation’s Restaurant News

The latest Nation’s Restaurant News’ MillerPulse survey, which reviewed quick service restaurants (QSRs) and full service restaurants, determined QSRs continue to be in the lead.  NRN said “restaurant industry same-store sales improved overall in August, but the gap between the quick service and full service segments continue to widen.”  Review the article to view the article and the “restaurant industry same-store sales, traffic” graph.

Higher Tips for Restaurant Workers?

From New York Post

The standard amount for diners to tip is typically around 15 to 20 percent.  However, according to recent findings by the New York Post, New Yorkers are starting to tip more often in the 25 percent range.  They spoke with Sarah Fones, who asked a great question–will a 15 percent tip make a restaurant patron look like a “cheapo?” And the New York Post is also discovering many different kinds of places are providing more opportunities to tip workers.  The New York Post said two coffee bars in Midtown and the Upper West Side have created the DipJar, which will allow guests using credit cards to tip.  This could only make one wonder–if tipping standards have been raised in New York, will that change things for restaurants around the country? Only time will tell.

McDonald’s Delays The “McRib”

From NACS Online

McDonald’s McRib, a limited time offer many customers wait year round for, usually is promoted in late October.  However this year, customers will just have to wait.  NACS Online reported the chain has pushed back the release of the McRib to from late October to late December, as it is a time when company sales are slower.  NACS Online added McDonald’s will debut two other limited time offers–The Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus Burger and Cheddar Bacon Onion Chicken Sandwich.

Rise in Menu Prices

From the National Restaurant Association

The NRA analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and discovered a 0.3 percent increase in menu prices for the month of August.  They added there was a 2.8 increase from August 2011 through August 2012.  Piggy-packing onto Nation Restaurant News’ recent statistics on QSRs, NRA said “figures further suggest that menu prices in the quick service segment outpaced prices at full service restaurants.”  They added those menu prices grew 3.3 percent over the last year.

10 Products to Update Your School Foodservice This Fall

From The Central Blog

Whether a school cafeteria needs new equipment to help comply with new USDA guidelines, or to just have something more efficient, Central is a great resource.  We recently released our “10 Products to Update Your School Foodservice this Fall.”  It includes many products and and product categories for schools to review if considering new equipment.

 

 

10 Products to Update Your School Foodservice This Fall

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.

10 Products and Categories to Update the School Cafeteria

Don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions about school foodservice equipment.

Cold Food Pans and Hot Food Pans

Compartment Trays

Cooking Equipment

Dishwashing and Sanitation

Food Portioners, Dishers and Spoodles

Food Preparation

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Milk Coolers

Refrigeration

Shelving

 

Recovery Act includes $100M in equipment grants for K-12 schools

In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a one-time appropriation of $100 million for foodservice equipment assistance to school food authorities.

What does this mean for you?

Your school could be eligible to receive a school equipment assistance grant to purchase new or replacement foodservice equipment during Summer 2009.* Your school equipment assistance grant may also be used to pay for costs associated with new or replacement foodservice equipment, including delivery and installation costs.

Who’s eligible?

K-12 schools who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive a 2009 equipment assistance grant. Priority will be given to school food authorities in the National School Lunch Program in which at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

Each state’s school foodservice grants may set different requirements for NSLP schools; check with your Product Consultant for more information.

How can the 2009 School Equipment Assistance Grants be used?

Although each state may set different guidelines and requirements, the program asks school food authorities to select equipment (with a per unit cost of at least $5,000) that meets at least one of the four following focus areas:

Ready to apply for a 2009 School Equipment Assistance Grant?

Call a Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 or visit CentralRestaurant.com to get more information about these school foodservice equipment grants and school foodservice equipment (including energy-efficient equipment). You can get school foodservice grant information on areas including the following:

  • Copy of the 2009 School Equipment Assistance Grants memo from the United States Department of Agriculture
  • Answers to more of the most frequently-asked questions about the 2009 School Equipment Assistance Grants
  • Key dates, deadlines, applications and more specific info for your state