The best way to teach children about nutrition is to SHOW them the ingredients that go into the food they eat!
Here at Donkey Bakery, we believe that the school environment plays an important role in nurturing and sustaining good eating habits. As canteen service providers for schools, we strive to serve well-balanced meals with a wide variety of nutritious foods from different food groups such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. Eating our sweet treats is fine as well, because what’s important is to not overly consume and to throw off a well-balanced diet! We emphasize on Quality, which is why our Donkey team devotes the time to create all of our food from scratch—there’s no such thing as shortcuts.
There’s also no such thing as shortcuts to eating healthy. But why is it especially important for growing children to eat healthy? Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between what you eat and how you think and feel! For kids to be the best academic students they can be, it’s important for them to have healthy eating habits because it has been proven to sharpen minds and to stabilize energy levels.
Since food preferences are generally acquired during childhood, the school environment is important in developing healthy eating habits at a young age. Our Donkey team is fully aware of the role that we play in the canteens, which is reflected in how we highly value the importance of children developing good eating habits. Not only have we held contests in the canteens that reward children who eat the most vegetables, we have also taught children the historical significance and versatility of vegetables such as the potato so that they are able to have a greater knowledge of the food they put into their body.
We are currently planning some exciting activities to educate schoolchildren about the importance of nutrition and how eating healthy boosts brainpower!
At the end of June, we said our goodbyes to Corine De Marc (Catering Sales Manager) who was with us for six months, and Rayke Nelis (Lunch Delivery Manager) who was with us for nine months. Although they have left our team, their time and efforts have put the pieces into place which have formed a strong foundation for our Donkey Team to continue to build upon. We are deeply thankful for their loving support, commitment, and innovative ideas!
On behalf of the Donkey Team, we wish Corine and Rayke the best of luck in their future endeavors!
We are excited to announce that Donkey Bakery has a new café shop manager! We are certain that Mr. Tung’s positive presence will bolster our team spirit and motivation in our café, and we’re so happy to have him join the team.
Why not come by our café, enjoy some of our tasty food, and give Mr. Tung a warm welcome to our Donkey Bakery community?
On August 4th, American chef Gian Carlo Reinardy officially joined our Donkey team as our new Head Chef.
For the past 16 years, he has been working in the restaurant industry where he has been a Head Chef in restaurant management for the last nine years. We are absolutely thrilled to have his years of experience as a chef, and his tremendous passion for all things delicious make its way into our kitchen.
Chef Gian Carlo first became involved when he volunteered at Donkey Bakery supporting the canteen staff for several weeks where he felt like it was a very unique, gratifying opportunity to combine his experiences as a chef and his love for volunteering. He chose to come back to Donkey Bakery because of our vision and mission statement as a socially responsible company, and the fact that he really enjoyed working with the Donkey team!
Here is what chef Gian Carlo had to say about what he will bring to Donkey Bakery:
“What I am most excited about bringing to Donkey Bakery is my experience in modern restaurant procedures and frameworks. I have been working in restaurants for the majority of my life and have focused on guiding restaurants during their largest growth periods. So, the expansions in Donkey Bakery’s plans are very much what I specialize in. I will be excited to work with all the many positive assets of Donkey while introducing more modernized and systemized procedures, and educating the work force on the policies for sustainable restaurant success and safety.”
And here at Donkey, we believe that a great culinary chef is someone who is a great cook — and someone who’s creative. This is why we are also thrilled to announce a whole new Cafe menu helmed under Head Chef Gian Carlo, where his combination of experience, creativity, and delicious flavor profiles will fire up our kitchen.
We can’t wait to share our exciting, new menu with you, so stay tuned!
For the month of July, a group of US volunteers from the World Race Organization had joined us here at our headquarters! Five days a week, they taught different level English classes for all interested staff, hosted a hands-on summer school (which included art and baking activities!) for children of staff and community members, and shared their cooking skills and knowledge of international recipes in the Donkey Bakery kitchen. These special volunteers even did everything with contagious smiles that spread quickly through our team!
In 11 months, they will have traveled to 11 countries to serve a community through volunteer work. Volunteering at Donkey Bakery has been their seventh month in the field, and we feel incredibly grateful to have had them with us these past weeks.
Here is what the volunteers had to say about their experience volunteering at Donkey Bakery:
“We are on an 11-month trip going to 11 different countries and we are now in month 7. Our team was placed at Donkey Bakery and it has been a month of favor. We each had a part to play so that there was interaction in all aspects of the bakery. Whether it was in the kitchen, teaching English, working with customer service or behind the scenes, we all had a place.
Coming into the month we were all excited for what was in store for us; I mean, it’s a bakery so who wouldn’t be happy, right? There was something for everyone and it’s safe to say we all thoroughly enjoyed being there. Working with deaf, blind, and other disabilities forced us out of our comfort zones and brought a whole new perspective in the way we interact with people. We have seen firsthand that anyone is capable to have a job. So many times we look down on those with disabilities and think that they aren’t capable to complete a task like any ‘normal’ person, but Donkey Bakery has proven them wrong.
We count it a blessing to have been able to be a part of this amazing business and we will take a piece of it with us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work alongside the staff of Donkey Bakery to teach them what we know and to learn from them as well.”
Their support and time has left a huge impact here at Donkey, and we would like to give them a huge thank you!