The salad bar is a staple of many foodservice operations today. Everywhere from hospitals to buffets include this healthy option for their guests. What about your school cafeteria? Are you taking advantage of the opportunity to not only provide your students with nutritious menu options, but also teach them how to make wholesome, balanced meal decisions when they leave school grounds? With childhood obesity rates at an all-time high, consider a salad bar to help ensure healthy choices are available to your students.
With tight budgets, we understand implementing new cafeteria equipment can be costly. However, here are some ways you can afford to give your students healthy, nutritious menu options.
By teaching your students how to choose wholesome and nutritious foods, you’re providing them with a lifelong skill that will help them achieve higher levels of fitness and reduce future health risks. Considering that the benefits of implementing a salad bar sharply outweigh its costs, fill out the above form and use our guidelines to earn your way to a healthier lunchroom.
Food Service Directors
School nutrition directors are faced with unique challenges and opportunities when making equipment and facility design decisions for their school nutrition programs, many of which focus on the specific goals of the programs and the experiences of their directors. With the current state of the economy, school food service operators are faced with a multitude of budgetary concerns in their operation. Many facilities operate with outdated food service equipment that ultimately can cost more to operate in the long run. It is a catch 22 problem, operators are working on a shoestring budget that doesn’t allow for any upgrades but not replacing the equipment actually costs more to operate than not doing anything to change the situation. Food Service Directors are hard pressed to come up with a feasible solution to meet these challenges.
To achieve a cafeteria design success you should begin the process before it is in the hands of the architect or consultant. The best place to start would be to list your proposed menu ideas and concepts, keep in mind the number of students you are serving while deciding on the size and configuration of the serving stations required. The web is a wonderful resource to source out different equipment companies in order to compare equipment, features and their benefits to you.
Multiteria has acknowledged these daily challenges and have designed our food service equipment with flexibility, mobility and sustainability in mind to provide years of service. Our philosophy is that relying on only short-term solutions will inevitably lead to long term consequences. Instead of concentrating on ways to cut costs; we provide ideas that translate into increased revenue, increased participation and sustainable solutions for the future. Our serving stations can be used as a traditional stationary line-up or as mobile units throughout the cafeteria for complete flexibility. The Essence Series is constructed with an all welded tubular frame which provides the operator with the ability to completely change out the front, end and side panels as well as the drop-ins when refurbising is necessary.
Designing your cafeteria serving stations featuring interchangeable colorful, interactive graphic front panels demonstrating Health & Wellness can assist in marketing your healthy reimburseable meal options. Consider adding another dimension to your cafeteria with our School Signage Program featuring wall mounted or serving stations mounted artwork of ”real food” or “graphic illustrated” food to draw attention to your menu items.
How can schools afford to purchase a serving line on a tight budget?
The total cost of ownership evaluates the cost of owning a particular piece of equipment over its lifetime. Most schools do not have the capital expenditure funds in order to purchase equipment outright. A consideration is a “Lease to Own Option” This provides school districts the opportunity to purchase a full serving line today and then pay off the cost with evenly spaced monthly payments which would be part of the operating budget.
Multiteria specializes in serving counters and serving systems.
Lease-to-Own Option Available