Smart Lunches Blog

What's Cooking at Smart Lunches: November 2022

Nov 8, 2022 2:15:33 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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When you think of great food in November, it is difficult not to think of turkey. If you are a fan of turkey, then you are going to love Smart Lunches this month. But even as we emphasize this great American tradition, vegetarians will also have a lot to cheer. Read about the variety of turkey selections, vegetarian selections and more in this article.

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Navigating Staffing Challenges in Childcare & Preschools

Nov 3, 2022 12:42:13 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in child care, family style, NUGGETS, preschool, cacfp

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Have you struggled with staffing challenges since opening or re-opening your center as the pandemic has eased? What are you doing to attract and retain help? Here's what one of your colleagues says.

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Post-COVID Changes in the Childcare & Preschool Marketplace

Oct 24, 2022 3:42:12 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in child care, family style, NUGGETS, preschool, cacfp

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Have you noticed changes in the childcare and preschool marketplace since the pandemic has eased? Do you think these changes are temporary, or will our experiences result in permanent change? Here's what one of your colleagues says.

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October 2022 Smart Lunches Solutions

Oct 6, 2022 1:26:41 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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Earlier this year, we reported on significant increases in CACFP reimbursement rates for 2022-2023. It is now more affordable than ever to use Smart Lunches to provide hot, ready-to-eat meals for your child care center or preschool, freeing your staff to remain in the classroom and provide quality care to more children. Read more to see what we're delivering to centers from Massachusetts to Virginia in October.

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NUGGETS: Episode 8

Oct 4, 2022 1:57:44 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in child care, family style, NUGGETS, preschool, cacfp

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Jason Greenberg, Founder and Owner of Early Risers in Brookline, Massaschusetts joins David for an insightful discussion of how he positioned the center to recover from the COVID shutdown, how he is dealing with current staffing issues in a tight labor market, and the future of childcare and preschools post-COVID.

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September 2022 Smart Lunches Solutions

Sep 8, 2022 8:31:14 AM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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September means back-to-school, and for many parents, back-to-work in an office environment - maybe for the first time in years. And as preschools and childcare centers struggle to increase capacity, the primary force holding many back is the availability of employees to fully staff centers so that all classrooms can be open and full. Smart Lunches can help relieve some of the strain by keeping your teachers out of the kitchen and in the classroom. Read more about how it works and what's on the menu in September.

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August 2022 Smart Lunches Menu

Aug 10, 2022 3:51:09 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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Our culinary team introduces several new selections in August.  See what you can be serving in your preschool or childcare center when you partner with Smart Lunches, including gluten-free, vegetarian and allergen-free selections. August features three different entree selections every day and over 40 different selections each month. Our delicious, hassle-free meals are prepared off-site and delivered fresh daily.(And if you want to download a PDF of the August menu, simply scroll to the bottom and click the image.)

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USDA Publishes 2022-2023 CACFP Reimbursement Rates With SIGNIFICANT INCREASES

Aug 3, 2022 1:08:21 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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In an important development for owners and administrators of preschools, childcare centers and adult day care centers nationwide, the USDA has significantly increased reimbursement rates for CACFP qualified breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

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July 2022 Smart Lunches Menu

Jun 30, 2022 12:28:02 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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It's hard to believe that July is here, bringing with it summer, vacations, and of course, some great food! Our July menu features three entrees to choose from — each and every day. Let's dig into some of the hightlights. (And if you want to download a PDF of the July menu, simply scroll to the bottom and click the image.)

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May 2022 Smart Lunches Menu

May 5, 2022 2:41:22 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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In May, we are offering more than 40 different entree selections throughout the month! That means you could go through the entire month without serving the same lunch twice. But if you wanted to, you could, because we also offer 2 - 3 different selections each day. That's flexibility! Continue reading to learn more about our May menu and download a copy.

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