School tuckshops play a vital role in nutrition at school for many children, some of them daily. It is so important that healthy foods are provided and encouraged and that children have tasty, nutritious options to choose from.
There is no doubt that tuckshops have differing competing demands and challenges and operate in many different ways, there is no one size fits all answer to success. On this page you will find relevant information and support for your tuckshop to help you and your students thrive.
QAST offers a specialised service for approximately 650 Queensland school tuckshops, and has been doing so for 24 years! Their team have experience working with schools of all types and sizes, and can help you to meet your goals.
Some of the QAST member services include:
Tuckshop help line – unlimited phone support for all your tuckshop queries;
Tuckshop Toolbox – A one-stop shop with templates and resources for running your tuckshop efficiently;
eMenu – website full of recipe and menu ideas (accessible for everyone);
Financial Advisory Service – Free phone consultation for members to review their Profit & Loss and help meet financial goals;
Menu Health Check – for feedback on your menu size, presentation and compliance with Smart Choices;
Tuckshop Network Meetings – held each year in major regional centres to meet other conveners, share recipes and ideas;
Quarterly Tuckshop eNewsletter – latest information, recipes and news;
Training courses – Food Safety Supervisor Course, Convener Course and Pathway to Profit. Virtual classroom being launched Term 2 2020 for remote learning; and
Tuckshop of the Year awards – celebrating success of tuckshops each year.
Contact the friendly QAST team about joining the association as a member. Membership is $220 for 12 months, or just $30 if you have under 100 students.