Learners and students. They’re ALWAYS hungry, but they can be fussy eaters too! Your challenge is giving them the daily nutrition they need for their active lives. We have some great ideas that can help.
THE DIFFERENT NEEDS OF YOUR CUSTOMERS
They may wear the same uniform, but students are individuals, each with their own set of religious and health needs. Let’s look at how you can meet them.
INFORM YOUR CUSTOMERS
Help students make informed meal choices by marking Halaal, Kosher and pork-free dishes and meals which contain potential allergens (wheat, nuts, dairy etc.).
Students lead very active lives and need balanced and nutritious meals. Consider which age group you are serving - the nutritional requirements for teenagers between (12 and 18 years old) are very different to those of primary school students. Teenagers are growing rapidly and require loads of fuel and energy to get through their increasing academic workload and their sporting and other extramural activities.
Many students have allergies to wheat, gluten, dairy and nuts. You’ll need to offer meals that take this into consideration. Make sure your serving team knows EXACTLY what potential allergens each dish contains so they can inform students.
Running a canteen means you serve the same students every day. You’ve got to keep your dishes exciting for them, while still meeting their health and religious needs.
DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS!
Here are 3 points to consider when planning your canteen menu:
- DAILY VARIETY
Children and young adults get bored easily, so your menu needs to change at least every 14 days to keep things fresh and exciting. But, don’t be afraid to keep the tried and trusted favourites that keep selling out on the menu for longer (Mac and Cheese NEVER goes out of fashion with kids!) Offer specific breakfast, lunch and dinner meals too.
Keep your menu in line with the budget limits of your students. Also, take into account that some students will have less to spend at month-end, so some nutritious but cheaper options at this time will be winners!
- CUSTOMER NEEDS
Your students will also have specific health or religious dietary needs that you need to plan for. Potential allergies are also a key consideration particularly for younger children (who may not be aware of their allergies yet).