Volunteers and Interns
An excellent way to strengthen educational efforts in the cafeteria is through experiential learning, such as Lunchroom Education events. Volunteers and interns are a huge help in this area because they can assist your staff and provide one-on-one engagement with students, helping to make lasting impressions.
- Parents, Family Members, and Guardians: When caregivers volunteer, not only do they get to spend more time with their kids, but they also serve as informal ambassadors for your school lunch program well beyond their volunteer experience.
- College Students: College students studying school- and food-related fields such as education, communication, culinary arts, nutrition, etc. can be valuable volunteers and interns. This is a win-win for both parties, since students gain real-world experience and can often receive school credit for their time.
- High School Students: Engaging high school students from the district is a great teaching and marketing tool. Students learn more about the school lunch program while honing important life skills and can sometimes receive volunteer credit for their time.
- Employees from Local Businesses: Local businesses often encourage volunteer service among their employees. Reaching out to these groups is a great way to increase your presence in the community as well as launch discussions on partnering opportunities and event sponsorships.
- Local Restaurant Chefs and Cooks: Thanks to reality television, chefs have become cultural icons in American culture, which makes them perfect volunteers for your school food program. Showing kids the value of cooking first-hand is instrumental in fostering healthy relationships with food.
Documents and Resources
Explore these resources and documents when recruiting volunteers and interns. We recommend tailoring them to meet your program specifications.
- Volunteers and Interns How-To Guide: This guide includes every aspect of planning — from finding and training volunteers to hiring interns.
- Sample Volunteer Guide: This guide sets the standard for your school food program by outlining responsibilities and expectations for volunteers.
- Sample Intern Ad: We suggest posting through food- and school-related departments at local colleges and universities as well as through online job listings.
From the Blog
LUNCHROOM EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
Turn you cafeteria into a classroom with our Lunchroom Education activities.
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