Your canteen menu is likely to be the first form of ‘advertising’ the canteen. Considerations should be given to including a number of core aspects;

  • Name of the school
    • We see many menus that don’t have the school name listed, an alternative or nice touch is to add in the school logo or crest
  • Canteen Supervisor’s name
    • This gives the menu a personal touch and makes it easier for parents and staff to reach out
  • Canteen contact details
    • Include phone number, either direct to the canteen or the school and an email address
  • Opening hours and days of operation
  • Ordering procedures
    • Include the link to the website used and basic information that first-time users of an online system will find beneficial
  • Clear and consistent menu pricing
    • ensure additions such as sauces are clearly marked
    • seperate pricing for small, medium and large serves can be helpful, particularly in secondary schools
  • Colour coding
    • Use either a key (legend) that explains what green and amber means, for example
      • Green: the healthiest choice eats lots of this
      • Amber: choose in small amounts only
    • or highlight the text in either green or amber
  • Dietary requirements
    • Use a a key (legend) to distinguish items, for example to highlight if an allergen is present in the food e.g. egg, dairy
  • Correct spelling and grammar
    • ask someone else to edit the menu before distributing to the school community
  • Appropriate layout
    • e.g. pamphlet style or A4.

For more information see two pages from The Big Book of Menus (Published 2012).

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