It’s a food truck. It’s a classroom. It’s a learning opportunity. The Francis Howell School District has partnered with Sodexo, its food service provider, to launch a food truck that serves as an extension of the district’s culinary arts curriculum.
The truck was purchased with funds provided by Sodexo. As part of the district’s contract with Sodexo, Sodexo makes certain investments in Francis Howell’s food service program, such as the food truck.
The food truck, called Food for Thought, will be run by trained Sodexo personnel with help from high school culinary arts students within the Francis Howell School District. Food for Thought will serve international cuisine with menus designed by students. The food truck is a full restaurant on wheels, offering students experience interacting with customers; cooking a wide array of cuisines; and learning necessary restaurant skills such as food preparation, sanitation and daily operations.
“The Food for Thought food truck will be an extension of the classroom,” said Francis Howell School District Chief Operating Officer Kevin Supple. “The food truck program is an opportunity to provide our students with real-world experience and career training, and is part of our broader effort to introduce more career readiness offerings into our curriculum.”
The food truck will travel to different schools throughout the district, offering unique meals that meet the national school lunch program requirements. The food truck meal will be an extra option, not a replacement for the regular school meal program, and the school cafeteria will remain open when the truck visits. Food truck meals will be accessible by all students, including those participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Students will be able to purchase a meal using their student meal account, just like in the cafeteria.
The idea to purchase and incorporate the food truck into the district’s culinary curriculum was the genesis for the theme of last year’s FHSD Iron Chef Culinary Throwdown: Food Truck Food. For the competition, students had to create recipes designed to be cooked in and served from a real food truck.
If you are interested in using the food truck for a fundraiser or booking it for an event, contact Karin Mann with Sodexo at (636) 851-6194.