Planning School Foodservice For An Uncertain Future

school cafeteria employees smiling and serving food to students

It’s no secret that we’re living in an unprecedented time. When maintaining a sense of normality takes an extraordinary effort, planning foodservice and nutrition programs for the upcoming school year can seem like a daunting – near insurmountable – task.

As a leader in the commercial kitchen industry with nearly 75 years of experience providing our products and services to schools and other foodservice professionals, we have the supplies and knowledge necessary to guide you through this difficult time. But where to start? It all begins with a bid.

Lowest Bid Doesn’t Always Mean Cheapest

The bidding process seems simple – pick the lowest bid to save the most money. Unfortunately, the “lowest” bid isn’t always the “best.” In a time when you’re tasked with saving every dollar and cutting costs where you can, selecting the lowest responsible bid is a prudent decision for your district.

As we all pay tax dollars, our state distributes those dollars to school districts around Oklahoma. In fact, more than half of each district’s budget comes from state tax dollars. If you choose an out-of-state supplier, regardless of their bid, that money is leaving the state of Oklahoma forever. Dollars spent with local companies are multiplied by three, creating more sales and income tax revenue for local and state governments. These dollars end up back in your school’s budget.

Local Suppliers Make the Process Easier

As a foodservice planner, you are tasked with finding the best – and most economical – fit for your program. By choosing an Oklahoma-based supplier, you are not only keeping that money in the state, but the physical operations are much more accessible, allowing for a more efficient experience.

As you continue planning for the uncertainty of the upcoming school year, consider the responsible choice of having an ally close-at-hand. When you partner with Curtis Restaurant Supply, you’ll enjoy white glove delivery, one-on-one consultation and all the other benefits that we offer as part of our Curtis Standard. To learn more about our school resources, click here or call us to speak with an experienced Curtis consultant.

Jay Gulick

President and Owner of Curtis Restaurant Supply. Jay is responsible for 100% customer satisfaction, company operations, and long-term and strategic planning.

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