Happy National Nutrition Month!

As a part of the nutrition community, Meals Plus wants to highlight all of the available resources; to help make National Nutrition Month a success!

The Meals Plus Customer Cookbook, editions, 2015, 2016 and 2017, are filled with the most popular recipes from school cafeterias across the country in an effort to help increase participation in the lunchroom, while still meeting USDA meal pattern regulations.

Now that you have new healthy recipes, we want to help you promote them with marketing strategies to be more effective within your school meal program:

The Five P’s of Promoting Your School Meal Program examines Product, Placement, Promotion, Price, and People. While 101 Ways to Increase Participation lays out 101 simple participation techniques provided by the Meals Plus family of school districts and their staff.

For more free resources visit our whitepaper library






Submit Your Recipes for The 2016 Meals Plus Customer Cookbook

Wouldn’t you like to know which recipes helped other districts increase participation in their lunchrooms?

Graham and the Cook bookTo show our appreciation to our customers, last year we published the first edition of our “Meals Plus Customer Cookbook.” The free cookbook was filled with popular recipes from cafeterias across the country – the recipes that bring students back time and time again.

In order for this year’s cookbook to be a success, we need your most popular and tasty recipes! To submit your recipes, email them to recipes@mealsplus.com and we will take care of the rest.

Just like last year, every Meals Plus Customer will receive one cookbook completely free of charge, and additional copies will be available for purchase. The proceeds from the additional cookbook sales will be donated to charity, and an electronic version of the cookbook will also be available.

Thank you for being a part of the Meals Plus Family!


New USDA Branch Hosts Webinars on USDA Foods Complaint Process

Last week, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Food Distribution Division (FDD) announced its newest branch, the Program Integrity and Monitoring Branch (PIMB). The branch will oversee a variety of food programs including: USDA Foods entitlement for schools, USDA Foods customer feedback, and DoD Fresh. PIMB consists of veteran FDD staff new hires from State and Regional offices.

The PIMB will be airing two new webinars on the USDA Foods Complaint Process:  “Demystifying the USDA Foods Complaint Process,” and “Applying the USDA Foods Complaint Process: Common Questions and Scenarios.”

  • Demystifying the USDA Foods Complaint Process
    Friday, December 11, 2015 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
  • Applying the USDA Foods Complaint Process: Common Questions and Scenarios Thursday, January 7, 2016 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT – Registration coming soon

We hope you find these webinars to be helpful! And remember, you can watch their archived webinars on the USDA’s Food Distribution YouTube Channel. Click here to receive their email updates.

Coming Soon: A Complete Checklist for Marketing Your Child Nutrition Program

Meals Plus offers more than a complete technology suite for your child nutrition department backed by the best technical support around. We also offer free downloads that help make every aspect of managing your department easier! Since our first white paper, “Not All Doom and Legume: Your Survival Guide to the USDA Meal Pattern Requirements,” was published in 2012, we have explored how to examine the financial health of your child nutrition department, best practices for managing your inventory, and tips to speed up your cafeteria lunchlines. And our next download offers a close look at how to market your program to parents and students and increase participation.

The new white paper examines the “Five P’s” of promoting your program: Product, Placement, Promotion, Price and People, and will be available for download this winter. And like some of our other white papers, it was written by Cynthia Sevier, SNS, former Child Nutrition Director of Guilford County Schools (NC), who has over 30 years of experience in school food service. She is currently the Child Nutrition Operations Consultant for Meals Plus, traveling the country helping schools with personnel training, pre-CRE reviews, menu preparation assistance and more.

Keep an eye on our blog and subscribe to our e-newsletter for a release date of “The Five P’s of Promoting Your Child Nutrition Program.” And download our other white papers here!