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.

Who Makes a Great Volunteer or Intern?

  • 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.

From the Blog

Lunchroom Education ‒ Making Salad Bars Work for Your District

This blog post has been reposted with permission from Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, read the original blog post here. Revolutionizing your lunchrooms with salad bars is a complex process from the initial idea to the actual...


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