Running a canteen is much more than providing healthy food and drinks. As well as planning a menu that is suitable for the school community consideration needs to be given to financial process and procedures; what kind of sustainable practices will the canteen adopt; understanding the importance of recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers; and importantly how to manage staff effectively so you have a cohesive team. Additionally knowing what policies and guidelines must be followed and how you can gain the support of the school community. When following best practice procedures a canteen can run in an economically viable and healthy manner.

Are you investigating opening a canteen or food service – this is a great way to encourage healthy eating amongst students and the wider community. To ensure the food service is successful and financially viable, consider the Guide to setting up a canteen

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