In March 2015, we asked for your feedback on the menus through a survey that we posted on the blog.  Thank you for your responses!  We received over 100 responses, from 15 schools across the city (both full kitchen cafeteria and satellite sites).  We asked, “What would you like to see on the lunch menu?” and captured your responses in the the word cloud above.  The larger the word, the more frequent the response.

In  2011, we also surveyed students across the city, and asked “What gets you in line?”  See the word cloud below for the results from 2011:

What would get you in the line

These survey results provide some food for thought as we continue to improve our menus to meet required nutrition standards and diverse student preferences within a tight budget.  The rest of the survey results will be considered as future menu changes are considered.

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey!  As our menus continue to evolve, please continue to provide your input by emailing SchoolFoodBoston[at]




Welcome back from February Break!

As our last post mentioned, we’ve rolled out some new recipes this year, and we’d love to hear your thoughts!

What do you LIKE on the menu?
What do you DISLIKE on the menu?
What would you like to see on the menu in the future?

Email us your thoughts at or complete the survey below:

One question in the 30-second cafeteria surveys asked, “What would get you in the lunch line?” Here is a word cloud made from the over 500 responses received.  As you can see, perennial preferences like pizza and fries were some of the most frequent responses. On the other hand, it is great to see students requesting so many fruits, vegetables and other healthy options.

In addition to working to increase the amount of local, fresh produce in school lunches across the city, the Boston Public Schools Farm to School Initiative seeks to engage students in a conversation about food. Farm to School hopes that schools will begin to view the cafeteria as a classroom in and of itself. The cafeteria should both model nutritious habits for students and educate students about the food system. Through conversations, the Farm to School Initiative hopes to make students think more deliberately about the food they eat and the process involved in producing it.

As part of this conversation in the cafeteria, Farm to School has created a series of 30-second cafeteria surveys to better understand the food habits, preferences and perceptions of students.

One question asked students to list their favorite vegetable. The top five responses were corn, carrots, broccoli, salad, and apples. It is also notable that 4% explicitly stated they had no favorite fruit or vegetable.