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J Nutr Health. 2014 Feb;47(1):77-88. Korean.
Published online February 28, 2014.
© 2014 The Korean Nutrition Society
A survey of foodservice satisfaction and menu preference of high school boarding students in Jeju
Kyung-Ja Kim,1 and In-Sook Chae2
1Andeok Middle School, Seogwipo 699-923, Korea.
2Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Jeju National University, Jeju 690-756, Korea.

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Received January 02, 2014; Revised February 03, 2014; Accepted February 10, 2014.

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This study analyzed the foodservice satisfaction and menu preference of 506 high school boarding students in Jeju surveyed from July 2-30, 2012 with the aim of providing basic data for improving the quality of boarding food-service management.


The data were analyzed using descriptive analysis, t-test, and Pearson's correlation coefficients, using the SPSS Win program (version 12.0).


Regarding satisfaction with dormitory foodservice, the satisfaction scores for service and hygiene were 3.46 (out of 5 scales), whereas the score for menu quality was 3.26 points. In terms of satisfaction by meal, dinner showed the highest score, at 3.70 (out of 5 scales). The satisfaction scores for breakfast were significantly higher in girls (3.36) than boys (2.93). Regarding intake of meals provided, dinner showed the highest score, at 3.96 (out of 5 scales), whereas breakfast showed the lowest score, at 3.63 points. Intake of lunch and dinner was significantly higher in boys (4.12, 4.17, respectively) than girls (3.72, 3.76, respectively). Regarding the requirements of subjects for dormitory foodservice, 43.4% of subjects selected improvement of food taste and 36.6% of girls chose menu diversity. In terms of menu preferences for main dishes, the students preferred noodles (4.06) and one-dish cooked rice (3.92) to cooked rice (3.66). The subjects preferred beef rib soup (4.10) and Kimchi stew (3.99) in soups and stews. With regard to the menu preferences for side dishes, steamed foods showed the highest score, at 3.95 (out of 5 scales), whereas seasoned foods showed the lowest score, at 2.89 points. The students preferred beef, pork, and chicken to fish and vegetables. The students preferred dessert the most with fruit juices (4.52). Bread and rice cake were more favored by girls, showing significant differences between boys and girls (p < 0.05, p < 0.01, respectively).


Development of a systematic nutrition education program that can encourage practice of proper eating habits is needed. In addition improvement of the quality of boarding school meals through the service of various menus is needed.

Keywords: foodservice satisfaction; menu preference; boarding foodservice management; service and hygiene; menu quality


Table 1
Descriptive characteristics of subjects n = 426
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Table 2
Satisfaction with dormitory foodservice by subjects1)
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Table 3
Foodservice satisfaction of subjects by each meal1)
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Table 4
Food intakes of subjects by each meal1)
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Table 5
Requirements of subjects for dormitory foodservice n (%)
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Table 6
Menu preference for main dishes by subjects1) Mean ± SD
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Table 7
Menu preference for soup and stew by subjects1)
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Table 8
Menu preference for side dishes by subjects1)
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Table 9
Menu preference for dessert by subjects1)
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Table 10
Correlation with foodservice satisfaction and menu preference of subjects
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This research was supported by the 2013 scientific promotion program funded by Jeju National University.

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