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7 ways to make your tuckshop run smoother without volunteers

We know volunteers are hard to find these days. The landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and it can make running a tuckshop tough.

If successfully recruiting new volunteers is proving too hard, there ARE other things you can do to make life in your tuckshop a little easier.

Here’s our top 7 tips:

1. Reduce the size of your menu

Take a look at each section of your menu and remove items that are time intensive.

Take a look at our sample menus for inspiration.

2. Encourage Homebake

Get your school community involved by encouraging Homebake donations.

Stick to baked goods to keep it safe.

Check out our Homebake Guide to get you started.

3. Offer daily meal deals

Switch your traditional menu to daily specials. This will allow you to focus on preparing just one meal a day, in bulk.

Our resource for Increasing the Tuckshop Customer Spend is the best place to look for meal deal examples.

4. Popular doesn’t always equal profitable

Ditch the food that doesn’t make any money, even if it’s popular. If one of your tuckshop goals is to make a profit, getting rid of these items will free up your time to focus on those that make $$$.

5. Go online

If you haven’t already, switching to online ordering will save you valuable time in the mornings and will help you easily track your orders.

Become familiar with the Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) for Online Ordering Systems (DETSOA-62891) in state schools, or check out our full list of online ordering system suppliers.

6. Reduce the number of days you open

If you’re down on people power, consider reducing the days you open. This will help take the pressure off on the days you have no volunteers.

7. Introduce “Heat and Serve” Fridays

Fridays are generally the busiest day for most tuckshops so simplify your day and opt for heat-and-serve options or items that you have high stock levels of.

Top tip: Cook a big batch of a hot meal ahead of time, freeze it and then serve on a Friday.

Informing your school community of change

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for tuckshops; they are all unique and have different needs.

When making significant changes, simply highlight the reason: a shortage of volunteers.

It is an opportunity to encourage more volunteers to help the tuckshop meet the needs of the school community.

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