Creating the school meal program you want
Survey Stakeholders to Establish Values
If you are looking to make changes to your meal program, whether that be putting the program out to bid, hiring new staff, or taking steps to improve overall quality and impact, we recommend gauging what your school community most values.
Surveying students, parents, and/or school staff will provide useful feedback in crafting a value statement and determining next steps. Pulling together a team to evaluate this feedback that have the time, understanding, and capacity to be part of this process will make this process easier.
Create a Local & Values-Based purchasing Action plan
As your school reflects on what values your community holds regarding meal programs and farm to school programming, it’s useful to document those values and build out language to communicate the important work your program is doing around local and values-based purchasing. This template from VT FEED guides you through that process.
Develop an RFP or Bidding process to Reflect Program Values and Priorities
If you decide to put a bid out for managing your school meal program, it's important to include language in your RFP to gauge how effectively any respondents can meet your program goals.
Sample Bid Evaluation Rubric- based on Maine Food for the MaineU Guide
Contract Evaluation Rubric Example- Vermont Agency of Education
Integrate Priorities into Job Position Language
Sample Job Descriptions & Postings:
Support Farm to School and Food Service Staff Collaboration
Successful partnerships between farm to school coordinators and school food service staff can take your meal program to the next level.