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School Cafeteria Management
  • Arati Shah

  • 13, Jul. 2022

School Cafeteria Management


School cafeteria serves a unique opportunity in maintaining children’s healthy dietary pattern as children spend considerable amount of their day at the school premise. Studies have indicated that the school can impact students’ eating habits in a positive manner if thoughtful intervention programs are implemented. School menu is formulated keeping in mind the special dietary considerations for children. Preventing nutrition related deficiencies and promoting overall well-being to improve the health status and academic performance in children is the focus. Monitoring of interpersonal safety needs and considerations for safety hazards to prevent accidents is also a part of cafeteria management. 



Poor diets in early childhood can lead to nutritional deficiencies which could have an impact on the child’s immunity levels, growth and development. It also has an impact on their academic performance and behavior in school. That is why school meals are of importance to children. With careful planning and guidance cafeteria meals can help to build healthy dietary habits in children. 

The team strives to prepare nutritious and interesting menus for each school day – breakfast and lunch. Menus are based on the daily nutritional recommendations and food preferences of children. Besides, regular training sessions are conducted with the kitchen staff on food handling, food safety and maintaining personal hygiene. 

Additionally, there are regular checks and audits in the kitchen and serving area to help maintain quality, safety, and hygiene there. Both, dry and wet storage areas are under check periodically to ensure the quality of food materials used for cooking. Feedbacks from the students and staff are often taken to improve the food quality, taste and service in the cafeteria. 



Children cannot take care of their health and nutrition all alone. They need continuous help and support. Healthy and balanced meals in school provide many benefits to children’s’ health outcomes and academic performance:

  • Reduced BMI and waist circumference measurements
  • Increased healthy behaviors both at school and home
  • Improved standardized test scores 
  • Increased awareness on benefits of eating balanced meals
  • Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Make better food choices



Every child has unique eating behaviours that are impacted by various external sources. Research shows that the students who participate in school meal programs have better intake of whole grains, dairy, fruits, and vegetables than non-participant students.