Canfield schools use app to inform parents, guardians of lunch menu
By Billy Ludt
The latest in food-related applications has made its way to the Canfield School District.
Canfield schools announced Thursday they are using a free phone and tablet application that displays their weekly lunch menus.
YumYummi Digital School Menus, developed by Saba Inc. of San Diego, provide descriptions, images and nutritional facts about what food items each school will serve each day. Canfield’s lunch menus are currently available for perusing on the application.
Terri Hutchison, the school district’s food-service supervisor, said the decision to use YumYummi’s service is an effort to provide easier access and thorough descriptions of what kids are eating every day for lunch.
Users can find out what dishes contain ingredients common in food restrictions and allergies. And in her experience, Hutchison said parents don’t tend to know what is on the lunch menu every day.
“Coming from a parent with a kid with food allergies, this is really nice,” Hutchison said.
The access can assist children with food allergies, who, she said, generally opt for packing lunch because they don’t know exactly what is in every meal.
Parents and children have the option to rate dishes and send feedback the lunch staff will see. Food-taste surveys administered by the school through the application can shape future menu designs as well.
“You may not think that it’s exciting, but as a lunch lady, it’s so exciting,” Hutchison said.
She said she hasn’t had a means to market her lunch staff at Canfield schools, but with YumYummi she can share their stories with the public.