Thank you for supporting the Lunch Box Expansion Project!
We're proud to report that The Lunch Box is helping hundreds of school districts across the country serve healthy, scratch-cooked meals to students. Over 4,500 people are now registered users, representing 1,370 school districts in 49 states. Users have downloaded The Lunch Box resources over 20,800 times!
The Lunch Box Webinars
One of the ways that users are accessing the tools and resources on The Lunch Box is through the webinar series that was launched last March. With webinar topics spanning introductory tours that help users navigate the website, to in depth trainings on specific program areas, the sessions provide a directed and visual learning experience that help improve school meal programs. Hosted by Chef Ann Foundation staff, the trainings often feature guest experts sharing tricks of their trade and how The Lunch Box tools help them in their careers.
Past webinar sessions include:
A Guide to The Lunch Box: This guided video tour shows you how to navigate the site and use the tools. The live event was attended by 76 people, and the recorded session has been viewed 185 times.
Recipes and Menus: This session offered guidance for recipe writing in the scratch-cook environment, creating menu cycles, and navigating The Lunch Box recipe database. The live event was attended by 69 people, and the recorded session has been viewed 214 times.
Kids Eat Real Food - Marketing and Lunchroom Education: The session highlighted marketing best practices and lunchroom education techniques that have brough Boulder, Colorado kids back to the lunch program. The live event was attended by 87 people and the recorded session has been viewed 228 times.
The Numbers - Financial Management: The session walked through fiscally managing a food program while taking on new challenges of scratch cooking. The live event was attended by 37 people and the recorded session has been viewed 89 times.
Procurement Best Practices for Scratch Cooking: Guest panelists from the Minneapolis Public Schools nutrition team shared procurement tips and what works for them in their scratch-cook kitchens. The live event was attended by 60 people and the recorded session has been viewed 26 times.
What's Up Next
Coming soon in April, we'll be hosting another session on school food grant opportunities. We'll be discussing our Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools, which support fruit and veggie tastings and school-wide nutrition education activities. We'll have St. Vrain Valley School Districts on the line to share their positive experience with the program and encourage others to apply. We hope to see you there!
To keep up-to-date on our webinar schedule and to register for upcoming events, visit The Lunch Box Webinars page.
Yours in the school food fight,