We survey students each month to gauge meal satisfaction
At Revolution Foods, our mission is to build lifelong healthy eaters by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted food available to all.
Students are at the center of our meal development process
As part of our commitment to stay kid-inspired, we engage students in every step of the meal development process. We start by asking students questions to learn about what they would like to see on the menu. Their insights are shared with our chefs who work in the test kitchen to develop new innovations that are tasty, healthy, and have “kid-appeal.” We bring prototypes of the innovations into schools so that students can taste the food and provide feedback about what they liked or didn’t like about the flavor, aroma, appearance, and quality. If the students want adjustments to the meals, our chefs go back into the test kitchen and make tweaks to the recipe to ensure it meets students’ preferences. By co-designing meals with students and testing every new menu innovation or reform with them, we can be sure that our meals will be well received by the students at large.
Our meals exceed federal nutrition targets
Once students have given their seal of approval, our nutrition compliance team and in-house registered dietitians review the new innovation before it can be ordered in the schools. For the meal to get approved, it must align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein, and have a limited amount of sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats. At Revolution Foods, we strive to exceed federal nutrition targets when we design our meals. Here are just a few of the ways our meals are exceeding federal standards:
- Whole-grains are a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber; Revolution Foods only provides grain products that are rich in whole grains.
- Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Revolution Foods only offers fresh fruit, never canned. For schools that want to provide fruit juice as a fruit component, we ensure there is fresh whole fruit available to students as well.
- Protein is one of the building blocks of our bodies and is a good source of B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin E, and zinc. Our deli meat does not contain added sodium, nitrates or nitrites, or any artificial flavors or coloring.
- We use natural flavors like herbs and spices to flavor meals, instead of adding more sodium. We also offer spice bars at our schools for students to season their food and customize their meals.
Student surveys provide insight for chefs as to what meals students love
In addition to partnering with students in the meal development process, we also go into the school and community sites we serve to survey over 2,000 students each month to find out if our meals continue to meet or exceed their expectations. The data collected from these surveys help our chefs determine which recipes need to be improved, and which menus need adjustments so that we’re offering the right mix of items every month. By surveying students in all of the different regions we serve, we’re able to identify which meals work best in different locations. Just like adults, students who live in different geographical areas have different taste preferences, which is why we create regional menu items such as chicken gumbo and cornbread, bean and cheese pupusa, and ranchero chicken con queso rice bake.
“Surveying young scholars regularly helps us stay relevant in the school food world. Students' palates are always changing and evolving so having that direct insight helps inspire us to create new and exciting dishes and improve our existing recipes. I use survey feedback from my region to hone in on what the western part of the country gravitates toward.”- Regional Chef, Nate Lopez.
Our partners appreciate our commitment to delivering high-quality meals that students love
Our partners are sharing how our ability to implement changes based on student survey results has led to an increase in student meal participation.
“Surveying our scholars is a great way for them to give their feedback on the food that is being served. Since the surveys started, I’ve noticed a few changes: Different menu items have been introduced to our scholars, and the way the food is presented and served to scholars has changed, which has led to a 10% increase in student meal participation. Most importantly, from my perspective as Operations Manager, Revolution Foods has taken the data from the survey and implemented changes based on the results. Revolution Foods is on a mission to make healthy food accessible to all. Surveying allows Revolution Foods to achieve this mission as it continues to give our scholars access to healthy, wholesome food, while at the same time taking into consideration their feedback.” – Luke Licygiewicz, Operations Manager at Brighter Choice Schools
If you’re interested in partnering with Revolution Foods to bring healthy meals that students love into your school or community program, contact us today!