“Participating in this breakfast program has been a very good experience. After eating breakfast, my students are ready for learning. In the past, I had students who would complain about being hungry. The complaints would come at different times in the morning. I would give them a little snack. It would be disruptive to the routine, and others would then want a snack too. Since starting the BIC program, students aren’t hungry and are more engaged in learning.”
“Today, I was the observer for a teacher evaluation that took place in the cafeteria with one of our transition students. It was so wonderful to see the way the Aramark staff interacted with our student and her teacher. As the parent of a special needs student, I can only hope that there are people like the Aramark staff at my daughter's school making her feel this appreciated and part of the team.”
“Aramark is continually working to provide a workplace that is attractive to current and future employees.”
“The menu options continue to expand and are innovative with new meals that appeal to the youth of today.”
“Thank you so much for your assistance during the Harvard High School Day of the Dead celebration this school year, on November 2. More than 500 students participated in this event, and your contributions supported about 100 of those students. Through your work, you have demonstrated leadership and commitment to our HHS students and staff. Your positive attitude honors our teaching profession. We feel fortunate to work alongside empowering colleagues like you, and we are thankful for being part of the same HHS team.
Thank you for being a shining light in the lives of our students and staff through your hospitality services.”
“I especially like the way Aramak works with our students to develop, test and introduce new healthy food options in the cafeteria.”
Through Chef Councils, we create customized programs that build excitement about school meals and support student culinary engagement. Our chef councils have introduced students to new and exciting foods through guest chef series events and showcased culinary arts career paths for students through culinary instruction and interaction with local chefs. They have also exposed kitchen staff to new recipes and culinary methods.
We engage with students through our Student Advisory Council, taste tests, focus groups, surveys, and daily feedback to introduce new menu items that students love and make improvements to all aspects of the program.
We partner with restaurants, food trucks and local chefs to bring students authentic, local favorites and global flavors, as well as support the local community.
Through hydroponic and aeroponic growing programs, we’ve partnered with schools to not only use ingredients in student menus that are fresh and grown locally, but also provide students an opportunity to see and learn about how food is grown first-hand.
From online and in-app menus and updates for students and parents, to QR code meal ordering, we provide students with convenience, customization and increased satisfaction with school meals.
Wellness programs, local sourcing, career opportunities—we find innovative ways to strengthen communities.
The program brings together creative chefs to collaborate on creating innovative new recipes and sharing best practices with schools.
Students can participate in Aramark’s annual district and regional chef competitions. Aramark Student Nutrition chefs support student teams in developing their recipes and preparing for these events, and work closely with school culinary instructors. Student recipes are featured in school menus, celebrating their achievements.
That’s why our culinary and hospitality teams are empowered to proudly and passionately serve healthy, tasty foods capable of bringing out the best in every student. We know students are savvy with their food choices. We make sure to provide them with inspiring culinary options that grow their palates and keep them coming back for more."
As your partner, we handle recipe and menu development, food purchasing, production, safety, financial management, marketing, USDA compliance and staff training and development. Students in our partner districts enjoy meals that excite them, and administrators can focus on other important priorities – all enabled by our extensive network of resources and over 60 years of experience continually raising the bar for school nutrition. The result is students get the nutrition they need to achieve their potential and the school nutrition program operates successfully without relying on general operating fund dollars.
Aramark Student Nutrition's comprehensive portfolio of services and programs, well-trained teams, and a commitment to ongoing innovation create the perfect partnership so you can continue focusing on your main mission while further powering the potential of Illinois students and communities through culinary experiences