Assessments

The Cook for America® School Food Service Site Assessments are conducted in partnership with district food service directors and other district administrators to provide a clear and objective snapshot of existing food service department operations and a specific blueprint for moving to a cooked-from-scratch operation.

Ideal for those school districts that want to move to a healthier cooked-from-scratch operation but aren’t sure how to begin, the assessment process includes a tour of all production and satellite kitchens in the district to evaluate equipment and infrastructure needs; observations of meal preparation and delivery to assess staffing levels, abilities and morale; review of relevant contractual and financial data to determine economic impact of potential change; and a review of district and school-level policies and practices related to food and student wellness.

The written report generated upon conclusion of the site assessment can be used by the district to support funding proposals to foundations for the kitchen equipment and staff training necessary to run a self-operated, cooked-from-scratch school meal program.