True Natural Foods K-12 Blog

It’s Back to School! - 5 Big Ideas for Fall Semester Goals

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Jul 31, 2018 9:00:00 AM


Back to School is a hectic time and an unlikely time for goal setting, but that is exactly why it is the best time to do it! Right now you are engrossed in getting your school year started, but the back-to-school phase will be over in an instant. Before you know it, it will be October and what will have to show for it besides another school year opening?

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The Freedom to Choose - How Many Menu Choices Do Students Really Want?

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Jul 5, 2018 4:06:05 PM


How many choices are too many choices in the K12 lunchroom? This debate has been going on for a while. Parents and students seem to agree that they want more choices in today’s schools.

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AMERICA’s National School Lunch Program - Changing for the Better - By Serving Better Food!

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on May 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM


America’s Brick and Mortar school buildings house the cafeterias we have come to love and the lunch ladies we admire. 

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5 Good Reasons for Starting a Summer Feeding Program

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Apr 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM



Is your summer weather usually blazing hot, mild and muggy, or cool and cloudy?

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5 Tips for a Successful K12 Menu (The Five C’s)

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM


So much is riding on your menu. In the Child Nutrition world, the menu is the compass for where you will end up. When it comes to running your department, focusing on your menu will always point you in the right direction. Why? Because the menu holds the key to the 5 C’s of menu success.

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Topics: AR Reviews, Administrative Reviews, Edibowls, Lunch, School Nutrition

The Lunch Lady in the Food Truck Window

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Feb 20, 2018 9:10:00 AM

This last week, I had the honor and privilege of working with the food service team at Oklahoma City Public Schools. Their NEW Food Truck with Chef Robin Obert and her crew was my office for the week. There is no better way to learn about how your product is handled, how it performs, and how the Students Love it, then to spend a few days working on a food truck. Chef Robin’s vision of a cool, fun and trendy food truck for the kids of OKC came to life before my eyes when I saw it parked in the middle of Capitol Hill High School Quad.

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Topics: Natural Foods, Edibowls, Food Trends, K12 Menu Ideas, Lunch, Millennials, School Nutrition, Foodie

How Successful Directors Use Automation to Win

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Dec 6, 2017 9:05:00 AM

 Have you ever wondered why some K12 foodservice directors seem so calm and organized at all times? You know the type…...they are at every important meeting and fun networking event because somehow their department runs smoothly even when they are not there. It’s been said that the true test of a good manager, is how well do things run when they are away. If everything goes smoothly and meals get served on time without the director being present, that is a sign of an outstanding director.

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Farm to School for Life

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Oct 12, 2017 10:15:00 AM


There's a certain esprit de corps among K12 operators and their suppliers that does not exist in all food service channels.

Recently, that feeling has been extended further to include the growers of food.  The Farm to School movement has gained momentum since it was started about 10 years ago by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN). 

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How Do You Conduct Student Taste Testing?

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What determines what makes it on to the menu at your district? There are so many factors to consider: the taste, the appearance, nutrition components, production capabilities, and the cost of the product, to name a few. 

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Topics: K12 Menu Ideas

Is Sugar the New Enemy of Nutrition in K12 Schools?

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Feb 7, 2017 12:20:31 PM

Who hasn’t made eating less sugar a New Year’s Resolution at some point in their life?  But sugar is everywhere. Just look at all the other names for sugar!  Check out all the places where sugars hide.  It’s these lurkers that ruin our plans to get slim. 

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Topics: Edibowls, Food Trends, Breakfast, Sugar, School Nutrition

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