Our goal is to support each district’s educational mission by providing the highest-quality nutrition program with the most variety so your students are prepared for successful futures.
We employ continuous improvement and innovation using proven systems and strategies while developing customized solutions for each school. This helps districts thrive financially while students receive nutritious, tasty meals.
of kids ages 8-18 report they only eat a school lunch when there is something they know they like being served 2
of students 13-20 say they would most prefer lots of variety on a menu over a focused menu 3
A growing number of school districts are choosing to outsource their nutrition program for several reasons, including working with experts who deliver culinary expertise, satisfying meals, meeting USDA demands and creating dining innovations.
We help school districts manage all aspects of their nutrition programs so that students get the nutrition they need to power their potential.
Our expertise allows us to utilize resources not available to self-operated programs and generates dining revenue that can be reinvested into the program and district. We deliver self-sustaining foodservice programs without relying on district general funds, so those dollars can be used for education.
Providing students a safe and happy environment to maximize their potential is your mission. Aramark Student Nutrition is here to ensure you can achieve your top priorities.
Students who participate in school meals consume more whole grains, milk, fruits, and vegetables and have better overall diet quality than those who do not participate.4
Our chefs and dietitians provide students fresh and enticing menus to get them excited about food that takes into account student and community feedback and district resources. Our approach includes:
Our commitment to community feedback and the latest insights sets us apart. We gather feedback through a variety of methods to ensure we have a deep understanding of every district we serve. In turn, these critical insights drive our culinary development, student engagement, and community involvement.
This has led to "One Meal a Day for the Planet" for Pender County Schools recognizing Aramark as a Top 5 for Menu Diversity, Nutritious & Climate-Friendly Foods and Food Management Magazine highlighting Aramark for 5 of 11 of the Best K-12 Meals.
Menus with locally grown food give students an opportunity to better understand the value of sound nutrition. They also satisfy parents’ desire for their children to consume fresher, healthier food. Our collaborations with local and diverse supply chain partnerships allow us to bring more local foods to school districts, like fruit, vegetables, and dairy.
As our Aramark Student Nutrition teams work to fight food insecurity and hunger, we also identify other needs and work with local partners to meet those needs, including:
Through Healthy for Life®, the American Heart Association and Aramark empower healthier choices and healthier lives. Healthy for Life® offers 39 turn-key “Experiences” that promote community wellness education. Positive outcomes from these Healthy for Life® Experiences have been validated by AHA research.
Focusing on ongoing innovation, we launched our new FeedYourPotential365™ program to provide parents and guardians resources for healthier choices.
Aramark Student Nutrition brings proven resources, expertise and a proactive approach to navigate the challenging school nutrition regulatory environment, including the USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals. Our strategy for recipe and menu development and education programs uses the science-based frameworks outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for America and MyPlate.
Aramark is dedicated to employee recruitment, enrichment and advancement programs so we are better poised to keep your existing staff happy while recruiting talent for day-to-day operations and managerial positions. We recruit more than 3,000 hires each year from community partners, as well as numerous channels, including job assistance programs for diverse hires.
We focus on onboarding essentials and ongoing coaching, and always provide teams with the right tools, materials and training to be successful starting on Day 1. We also proactively offer wage increases, superior benefits and employee reward and recognition programs that provide incentives for employees to build careers with your district.
We also utilize the best technology to support staff.
On top of generating revenue through increased participation, Aramark Student Nutrition partners see improvements to their school nutrition funds through a variety of best-in-class practices.
Increase meal participation, sharpen USDA regulation expertise, recruit and retain talent, and provide wellness education that extends into the community — all while improving budget performance. This Herculean task often competes for time and attention with your main goal of providing students a world-class education.
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 your students and your community through culinary experiences.