Tools for the Cafeteria
- “Fresh from the Farm”: The Massachusetts Farm to School Cookbook is a fantastic resource for school cafeterias and includes several fun educational activities for linking the cafeteria to the classroom.
- I Veg Out: Vegan Quantity Recipes for School Lunch Programs includes 13 vegan recipes scaled for 50 and 100 portions, compiled by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
- Let’s Cook Healthy School Meals Cookbook is a tool developed by Project Bread in partnership with Chef Didi Emmons and the Chefs in Schools Program. They solicited recipes from school food professionals across Massachusetts, then tested and refined them to compile this valuable resource designed to help school administrators and kitchen staff plan and prepare healthy meals for students that they will want to eat. It meets the 2012 USDA school meal requirements, and offers 100 recipes that have been kid-tested in cafeteria kitchens.
- The Lunch Box is an online collection of hundreds of recipes developed for the Boulder Valley School District. Menu cycles for lunch and breakfast are offered as well, along with USDA verification worksheets and nutritional analysis.
- New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks is a cookbook full of recipes from food service staff across Vermont, compiled by Vermont Feed organizations, 2013.
- Recipes for School Food Service, is a USDA webpage with links to many recipe collections, cookbooks, and menu development tools specifically for school meals.
- School Meals Featuring California Food: 50 and 100 Servings, 21 recipes for school meals scaled for 50 and 100 servings, by Center for Ecoliteracy, 2013.
- Washington State Schools “Scratch Cooking” Recipe Book, includes recipes used by food service programs across Washington state with meal pattern contribution and nutrition information. An appendix has resources for developing your own standardized recipes and calculating meal pattern contribution information, by OSPI, Sept. 2013.
The Washington State Health Department offers the convenience of online food worker training and testing at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov for all staff and volunteers who handle food. Allow about one hour to complete the process. The training and test are offered in English, Cambodian, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Closed Caption.
Food Service Staff Training
- The Washington Restaurant Association offers ServSafe Food Handler and Manager Certifications. Their training programs deliver consistent food safety training to employees in five key areas: Basic Food Safety; Personal Hygiene; Cross-contamination & Allergens; Time & Temperature; Cleaning & Sanitation. A manager-level certification not only provides advanced food safety knowledge, it also helps food service establishments comply with the Demonstration of Knowledge and Person in Charge (PIC) requirements with the Washington State Food Code, and includes some allergen training. The Advanced Food Safety Certificate is valid for five years.
- Cook for America, LLC, offers 5-day “Culinary Boot Camps” which aim to raise the skills and self-respect of school food service personnel with a comprehensive culinary training program.
- Lunch Lessons, LLC, leads school food service programs through the steps of transforming meal programs to scratch cooking with fresh, sustainably grown, locally sourced ingredients beginning with a detailed assessment and strategic planning for accomplishing districts’ goals.