Today’s middle schoolers understand food more so than ever before. Trending flavor profiles, convenient meals, sustainable alternatives, and healthy options – served fast – are just a few expectations that top the list. They also navigate the world through technology and view the Café as a social hub – a place to connect with friends and have fun. Sodexo’s new foodiE Café program was developed based on these understandings and other foundational research.
Taste4 was created by students for students. Starting with four pillars that represent what students want in a school lunch experience today, FLAVORS, FOOD, FUN, & FAST service. Taste4 offers bold flavors with customization through our Dare To Explore sauce station. The high school lunch brand delivers the typical school favorites with a flair.
Harvest of the Month
Each month our Nutrition Services Department partners with Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative for Harvest of the Month, a farm-to-table program. On Harvest of the Month day, elementary students get the chance to sample locally grown fruits or vegetables – often in unique ways that they may not have tried before. Examples have included golden beet cookies, radish mashed potato bites, squash prepared two ways (spaghetti or roasted with honey), and margarita pizza made with heirloom tomatoes and basil. The students who try the foods get to vote on whether they like or don’t like the food and walk away with a sticker. Sometimes popular foods make future menu rotations.
As a participant in the National School Lunch Program, the USDA manages meal requirements for our schools.