By Matt Wiley | September 14
The days of wondering what the lunch lady will be serving in the cafeteria on any given day are over for New Tampa students, as the Hillsborough County School District (HCSD) has launched a smartphone application that literally puts the menu into the hands (and pockets) of students.
According to HCSD, the app is called School Lunch by Nutrislice, which provides the menus of hundreds of schools nationwide (including schools in Wesley Chapel, too) by day and week. The app includes pictures of menu items, as well as nutrition information.
The School Lunch app is available for both Apple iPhones and iPads and Android phones and tablets and is available in the respective “App Store” for each platform. Once the app is downloaded to a student’s phone or tablet, finding out what’s for breakfast or lunch is only a few finger swipes away.
“Many of our parents and students are using smartphones these days, and we have a message we want to deliver to them,” says HCSD Student Nutrition Services general manager MaryKate Harrison. “We hope all students come dine with us. Our new menu app is the perfect communication tool for this new generation of parents and students.”
From the main screen, the user simply chooses a state, followed by a school district and school. Once on the school’s menu, students and parents can see the menu for each day of the week for the entire month. In addition to nutrition facts — including calories, carbs, fat, fiber, protein and sodium — and a photo, the menu also lets the user know whether the item includes any common food allergens, such as dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, peanuts and others.
For more information, please visit SDHC.K12.FL.US.