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North Carolina’s Lexington City Schools receives breakfast boost after fresh cafeteria makeover

Eating area, serving lines go from dark and dingy to warm and welcoming with light, color and pattern. The project by Pro-Team Foodservice Advisors is part of former food service director Jean Ronnei’s next chapter as a consultant.

Bright pops of color, words of inspiration and energizing patterns are key components to the recent makeover of Lexington Middle School, part of Lexington City Schools in North Carolina. Created by Pro-Team Foodservice Advisors and partner Visualz, a design team, the new look for the café is designed to promote student success, character and healthy eating.

Amelia Holland, Lexington school nutrition director, reports that breakfast participation rose by 2.5% in the first month of the new café. “The design is clean and nurturing,” Holland says. “The team had great advice.”

Part of that team is Jean Ronnei, SNS, senior consultant at Pro-Team Foodservice Advisors, who is well-known for her past work as director and COO of St. Paul (Minnesota) Public Schools. For the past couple of years, Ronnei has been traveling around the country helping school districts’ (and other onsite segments’) foodservice teams with operations, student nutrition support, menu planning, using nutritional software, staff training, marketing, USDA compliance and more.

But the design factor is the most visual of those components, and a change like this definitely has an impact. Take a tour of the before and after photos of Lexington Middle School’s makeover.

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