Demographics and rationale for your menu plan
- Location of school and surrounding community – inner city, suburbs, upper class, lower class, middle class neighborhood? Are there parks and recreation facilities in the neighborhood of the school?l Does the school have an after-school program?
- General family dynamics (single-parent, two-parent, high-, low-, middle- socio-economic status), both parents work? Do students’ parents prepare meals at home? Do families eat out?
- Age of customers (students), and foods that are trending for this age group.
- USDA Guidelines that govern the nutritional value of the meals on the menu for a Middle School.