'Food Court' Concept Comes to Life in SCSD Cafeterias

     Published on 10/23/15   Tagged under:    PSLA @ Fowler   

At Fowler High School, students noticed a visible change upon entering their cafeteria this school year. Rather than a typical cafeteria setup, the space was instead designed to look more like a food court.
“There are tall tables this year that we can stand around,” senior Michael Vader explained. “And there are food carts!”
The added tables and serving carts—as well as new vending machines—were added to give students additional access to meals. Director of Food and Nutrition Ken Warner said this variety is key to feeding students on the go. Students, meanwhile, say the changes have come with some added benefits.
“There is much better food this year,” student Kheyaire McMullen noted. “And it’s more convenient than standing in line. Instead, we can go to a vending machine to get our food.”
Classmate Destiny Lynch agreed. “There are better varieties of food this year. We can go to a taco station, get burritos, even veggie burgers for people who don’t eat meat!”
Junior Tim Kaiser appreciated the added freedom and social aspect that the new setup favors. “There are lots of people in the cafeteria now,” he said. “Because this year, we can stand up and be more social, while we used to have to sit all the time.”
While the food service changes are getting rave reviews from students, Mr. Warner said the ultimate goal—serving more student meals—is also being achieved. “The changes were prompted by a need to offer alternative points of service in district high schools to encourage more students to participate in meal programs,” he explained. “Now, students can choose the regular serving area or one of the five cafeteria locations to get a meal.”
In time, the food court-style setup is set to expand into all district high schools. For now, Nottingham has tested a remote serving cart, with students providing positive feedback. Carousel-style vending machines have also been installed at Lincoln, Clary and Grant, and a new service line has been installed at Danforth.
“Since participation in meal programs at the middle schools is similar to that at the high schools, we are hoping these changes will encourage more students to participate,” Mr. Warner added.
To view monthly menus or to provide feedback about your school’s food and nutrition program, please visit the Food and Nutrition Department website.