Southwest Foodservice Excellence recognized
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
Southwest Foodservice Excellence, a national foodservice management company that specializes in K-12 nutrition, is announcing an “A” rating from The Humane Society of the United States in the organization’s “Foodservice Industry Protein and Sustainability Scorecard.”
The HSUS uses the scorecard to understand foodservice companies’ initiatives in keeping with their sustainability goals. The scorecard was created to rate where foodservice companies are in addressing climate change through increased offerings of plant-based meals, according to a press release.
HSUS developed a survey to measure which companies are “truly committed to their social responsibility of protecting the environment.” The survey looked at the SFE’s sustainability practices, transparency, goals and their plan of action moving forward.
— Chef Sasha Raj
“We continue to enhance the culinary experience with restaurant inspired cuisines for students by increasing vegan and other plant-based choices,” says Chef Monty Staggs, CEO of SFE in a prepared statement. “This school year, we introduced a plant-based twist on the classic macaroni and cheese developed by acclaimed vegan Chef Sasha Raj.”
SFE has 21-25% of its menu items as plant-based and is aiming to have 31%-35% of their offerings to be plant-based by the end of 2024.
HSUS encourages, “a shift toward plant-based foods as the most impactful way food companies can reduce their carbon footprint, prevent deforestation, minimize demand for water and land resources, improve food security and preserve natural habitats.”
In addition to its plant-based initiatives, SFE works in coordination with the Humane Society of the United States to establish, track and measure its animal welfare and sustainable practices.