There are many factors that should be taken into consideration when menu planning e.g.

  • the size of the school (number of students)
  • number of lunches prepared each day
  • number of people who work in the canteen and their level of expertise in preparing food,
  • equipment available
  • the nutritional value of the food and drinks.

Remember, canteen menus must comply with the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink in Public Schools (HFD) policy and reflect the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Assessing the canteen menu compliance with the HFD policy is easy. Simply follow this menu assessment tool to ensure the canteen menu meets all policy requirements and offers a wide range of healthy choices.

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