Fresh Alternatives for Serving Students

It’s what’s inside the meal that really matters, but appealing packaging sure can’t hurt! Whether you’re struggling to replenish the disposables or trays you’ve been using, or you’re just looking to refresh your program with novel serving ideas, more choices to showcase your menu are available now than ever.

We’ve pulled together a selection of serving options, some new and some classic, to help you meet your program’s nutrition requirements and participation goals. All are reusable and dishwasher safe, which will help protect your program from future supply shortages while setting an Earth-friendly example for students.

TableCraft Plastic Serving Baskets have a nostalgic way of making even simple meals feel like a treat. 

A fun, yet practical way to serve hand-held favorites such as sandwiches, turkey burgers, tacos, burritos, veggie sticks, and more, these classic plastic baskets are stackable and dishwasher safe. 

Available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.

The Better Burger Collection by TableCraft reimagines traditional “fast food” serving pieces in durable, lightweight melamine. 

Use the two-compartment White Melamine Burger Box for sandwiches, salads, deconstructed (build your own) menu items, or whatever creative combinations you can dream up. 

What better way to encourage participation and get your students to try new foods? The burger box measures 12″ x 6″ x 1.5″, is dishwasher safe, and is safe for temperatures up to 212°F.

Melamine Tumblers from the Better Burger Collection are made of the same tough, dishwasher-safe material to replicate the casual look of classic white foam cups, but without the waste. 

With a choice of 8, 12, and 16 ounce sizes, you can use them to serve anything from beverages to smoothies to protein or veggie cups—even salads. 

If you need to cover or transport them, they are made to fit DART disposable lids.

Challenged by the cost, waste, or lack of availability of disposable containers? One single dishwasher-safe O2GO container by OZZI takes the place of 300 disposables! 

Designed for hundreds of uses, the O2GO container has the look and functionality of takeout style clamshells in a BPA-free #5 plastic container that is NSF listed and 100% recyclable. These great-looking green containers also stack neatly without crushing or opening by accident, keeping meals appetizingly intact and transporters tidy.

Camwear Dinnerware is an ultra-durable serving collection that reduces waste and the cost of disposables. Textured for scratch resistance, this shatter-proof and dishwasher-safe dinnerware is a safe and practical option for schools. 

Three Compartment Camwear Dinnerware Plate 93CW provides an alternative to compartment trays that keeps menu items neatly separated. 

This versatile collection also includes platters, plates, bowls, and mugs and is offered in Slate Blue, Black, Beige, and White.

Cambro Fast Food Trays feature a durable, dishwasher-safe design that offers years of hygienic use. Constructed with an attractive, textured surface to resist scratches, the fast food tray is an economical choice for use with prepackaged foods, paper trays, or durable dinnerware. Cambro offers Fast Food Trays in 14 bold colors to help you promote school spirit.

Cambro School Compartment Trays are a true classic. Their wide variety of color options, ease of carrying, food-separating capability, hygiene, and durability add up to a proven solution that will continue standing the test of time and supporting evolving menus. 

School Compartment Trays are engineered for little hands and big appetites, with five compartments and a utensil slot. These trays are offered in a variety of colors and a choice of three materials to suit your budget. 

Cambro 2 x 2 School Compartment Trays also have five compartments and a utensil slot, but they were designed specifically to fit two across in a dish rack for faster washing.

When you choose your trays or serving ware, we can help you find the perfect Cambro Camrack Peg and Tray Racks for efficient washing and sanitary storage. Camrack Peg and Tray Racks support and separate ware for through washing and drying. The 5 x 9 peg rack PR59314 holds shallow plates and trays in one direction and deeper baskets, trays, containers, and plate covers in the other. The Open End Tray Rack OETR314 has one open side for larger items to safely extend outside the rack during washing.

Not set up for warewashing? Champion’s Ventless Rack Conveyor Dish Machine, a National Restaurant Association Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award winner in 2016, was developed specifically to make setting up a warewashing area less costly and a lot less complicated. 

The system captures 100% of the operating exhaust heat and vapor, converting it into useable energy to heat the wash water and assist in heating the fresh rinse water. 

This ingenious design can save as much as $7,500 on the capital investment of purchase and installation of a vent hood and up to $3,000 annually in water heating costs. It also makes the warewashing area much more comfortable for staff.

As you consider options to serve your students, please remember we’re here to serve you. Contact us.