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Case Study: Increased Breakfast & Lunch Participation at Evergreen Local School District

School Bio

Evergreen Local School District Bio; Metamora, Ohio; Population: 7,389; Enrollment: 1300 Students; Grades: Pre-K - 12; Free & Reduced: 29%

The Challenge

During the 2022-23 school year, Evergreen was experiencing low student participation in their breakfast & lunch programs. A review by the district’s administrative team revealed:

  • The need to have more students consuming breakfast, especially K-5.

  • At the middle and high school cafeterias, students expressed a desire for more selections at lunch.

  • Meals that appealed more in the way of visual presentation, smell, & taste.

  • Finally, the district’s administration was seeking improved communication between their business office and the food service company.

The Solution

In response to the district’s challenges, Variety submitted a Marketing & Merchandising Plan that included the following:

  • Universal Grab-N-Go Breakfast for elementary students. Meals are retrieved at the main entrance of the building and consumed in classrooms.

  • Restaurant style food concepts such as: Norm’s Kitchen Table, Los Jefes Mexican Grill, Motor City Grill, Caddy’s Chicken, Mitten Noodle Shop, La Famiglia Pizzeria, Dolly’s Garden Salad & Produce Bar.

  • New station signage.

  • A culinary trained onsite chef manager to deliver “Cook from Scratch” recipes as well as improvement on how food is displayed and presented on the plate.

  • Variety added a district manager to provide support and ongoing training for the food service staff as well as setup monthly performance meetings with administration.

The Result

In the first month, PK-5 Breakfast participation increased by 250% and lunch participation among student’s grades 6-12 increased 17%. The administration also noticed that more faculty were purchasing lunch from the district’s food program instead of packing their own.

250% Increase in Breakfast Participation; 17% Increase in Lunch Participation; Increased Teacher Participation

We immediately noticed an improvement in the ‘Look, Smell, & Taste’ of the food. Our older students now have 5 choices each day instead of 2, more teachers are eating the school lunch, and operational support has been great.
- Dolores Swineford, Assistant Superintendent

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