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School nutrition trending: New York City school cafeteria upgrade program sees positive results

Among the five most popular K-12 Food Management articles, the top story was 5 things: New York City school cafeteria upgrade program sees positive results. The New York City Dept. of Education's Office of Food and Nutrition Services has been piloting school cafeteria enhancements since 2017, and they are having their intended effect of enhancing the dining experience for students at the 45 middle and high school sites that have completed the overhauls. Rather than full renovations, the upgrades usually just involve swapping out seating, replacing traditional food service lines with display cases and generally redecorating, often over a single weekend at an average cost of roughly $500,000 per lunchroom. 

Among other stories in this week’s gallery:

  • Salt Lake Schools asks businesses to help serve school lunch
  • Portland elementary schools dish up daily hot vegan option
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