School Cafeteria Reopening Checklist

School Cafeteria Reopening Checklist

17th Aug 2022

The start of the new school year is just around the corner, and Culitrade has what you need to re-open your school cafeteria!

Opening a school cafeteria can be a daunting task. But with the help of Culitrade, it can be a breeze! We have all the supplies you need to get your lunchroom up and running in no time.

We've put together a comprehensive checklist that you can use to ensure you have everything you need to start the school year right. From food service equipment to smallwares, we've got you covered.


Ensure your trays are in good condition and that you have enough to serve your students. Melamine trays are a great choice for school cafeterias as they are extremely durable.


Your dinnerware should be heavy-duty, so melamine wins again! Check to ensure you have enough dinnerware to keep up with demand.


In a school cafeteria, disposables are crucial. Check your inventory and be sure to stock up on the items you're frequently running through, like straws and napkins.

Food Storage

Food waste is killer in any commercial kitchen, but it is particularly problematic in school cafeterias as budgets are typically tight. Ensure your food items are being stored properly to extend their life while also keeping your items safe from bacteria and other contaminants resulting in foodborne illnesses.

Food Prep

If you want to increase efficiency, examine your food prep processes. Ensuring your team has the proper tools, storage, and space to prep food items can save both time and money.

Serving Utensils

Set your team up for success by providing them with enough servingware. Check to ensure your tongs, ladles, and other items are in good shape and that you have enough to keep things running smoothly each day.

Kitchen Equipment

Summer break is a great time to service and clean the equipment in your school cafeteria. Take advantage of this downtime to ensure everything is in proper working order for the new school year.

Salad Bar Items

If you have a salad bar, it's important to ensure all of your related items are in good condition and working properly.

Kitchen Tools

Look through your kitchen tools and ensure your team has the tools they need to cook your menu items correctly. If you don't already, be sure to organize your supplies in a way that makes sense and allows your team to quickly grab what they need when they need it. Consider having multiple tools in different areas to prevent chaos in the kitchen.

Cleaning Supplies

Keeping your school cafeteria clean is no easy feat, given the foot traffic constantly rotating through your doors! Ensure your team has the cleaning supplies they need to stay on top of messes and keep your dining area and kitchen in tip-top shape.

Signs and Crowd Control

Letting students know where lines form, what's on the menu, and what areas to avoid due to slippery floors will help to direct the flow of traffic and help your lines move faster while also reducing the risk of accidents.

There you have it, a rundown of all the items you should be checking before you re-open your school cafeteria in the fall.

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