School Lunches By The Numbers

kids in school cafeteria

Whether or not math was your favorite subject in school, everything we learned about math in school still comes in handy today – especially when we try to calculate just how many school lunches are prepared, served, and eaten, each and every day. Using data compiled by the School Nutrition Association, we’ve identified some of the major school meal trends and stats throughout 2018, 2019, and into the 2020 year.

The numbers might surprise you.

An Illustrated Look at School Foodservice Trends and Statistics


In K-12 foodservice, the benefits of school lunches outweigh the costs by a significant margin. It goes without saying, but the proper nourishment of a student will lead to better performance both inside and outside of the classroom. But that doesn’t mean the costs of providing a successful school nutrition program aren’t high.

Whether it’s budget cuts forcing limitations on space or equipment, a lack of school lunch participation, ever-changing nutritional regulations, or labor and staffing constraints in the cafeteria, school foodservice programs all over the country are tasked to provide high-quality school meals to their students.

How Blodgett Ovens Help School Cafeterias

Blodgett ovens are an ideal fit for any school nutrition program, whether you’re serving 100 students or 1,000. Hydrovection Ovens with Helix Technology can help school cafeteria staff members deliver more versatile, healthier food options in the same amount of cafeteria space, and in less time.

READ MORE: Foodservice Resources and Ovens for School Cafeterias

Discover just how easy and quick it is to cook a number of school lunch favorites using Hydrovection Ovens from Blodgett in our Cooking 4 Kidz video series. Click below to watch.


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