The greatest gift you can give your school nutrition program is the gift of efficiency. Since we don’t have a magic wand that we can wave around, the next best thing is technology that helps you get work done even in the face of challenges you couldn’t have imagined facing. From staffing shortages to supply chain issues, the 2021-2022 school year has brought on roadblocks that no one saw coming, especially after the madhouse that was ‘’20-’21!
This year has you stressed out. We get it.
But picture this: You are in control of every aspect of your meals program – it no longer runs you. Participation is up, your service line and speed are faster than ever, and the Free and Reduced program is practically automated.
Can you feel your shoulders relaxing? Is that a smile on your face? Why, yes. Yes, it is! That’s what nutrition technology can do for your K-12 school lunch program.
Read on to learn how school nutrition technology can:
Convenience and efficiency are two things to look for when considering nutrition technology. You want to give your participation numbers a boost, so you need a system that will make it easy for students and their families to participate, reduce your workload, all while running smoother than ever.
When researching solutions for your program, here are a few things to look for:
That POS system we mentioned above? That is the key to speed in your lunch line. A POS system streamlines the checkout process to help students get served and sitting down to eat faster than ever before. It also connects to your school’s student information system (SIS), so that it’s always updated in real-time.
Digital menus help here, too! The boards are so engaging that they reduce the perceived wait time up to 35%. If students have a way to stay entertained, they’re less likely to think about how many people are ahead of them in line.
Many school districts are still offering remote and hybrid learning schedules through the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year, so it’s important to continue to improve this experience. If you face the challenges of serving students who are off campus, online ordering can help.
An online ordering solution allows you to accept bulk orders for on and off-site pick up locations. If you’re serving students in their classrooms, online ordering makes it possible for teachers and staff to send in meal orders for their class rosters with the click of a button. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of students in your cafeteria and makes homeroom service more efficient.
Another benefit? Accepting online orders automatically speeds up the lunch line! Since those who placed orders online visit a separate pick up station to grab their meals, they have no need to head to the cafeteria. That’s a win!
Learn more about the unique benefits of adopting new technology during the winter months.
Chances are very likely you are always on the hunt for ways to cut costs in your meals program. Nutrition technology helps by reducing paper usage, decreasing time spent on administrative tasks, and making inventory a breeze. Here’s how:
Your nutrition technology should be easy to use by everyone on your team. No one wants a tool that makes you 100% reliant on IT for every little issue that arises. School meals management software like LINQ makes it easy to implement and learn.
But how will you know the software is easy-to-use before purchasing? Hunt for product reviews. One of our favorite reviews is from Nicholas De Pauw, the Director of Information Technology for Patterson Unified School District:
With our previous system, we had to create an Access database that had to be maintained daily and updated every time we had a change. Now, the API allows our SIS to push the necessary data into [the TITAN platform] with no actions needed from IT. This really has given power back to the cafeteria, freed up IT resources, and improved data accuracy in both systems. We no longer waste valuable time on the back end and can focus on working with our data in the program – which is always a win!
The easier the software is to use, the less likely you’ll need IT to step in.
The new year is upon us. It’s time to make positive changes that will impact the whole year. When your staff is stressed, inevitably, that has a negative impact on your students’ school experience. We’re all here to make school a happy and safe place for kids, after all. If you school meals program feels disorganized and inefficient, or if the student participation is lacking, it’s time to consider an upgrade in your nutrition technology.
Your program deserves a school meals management solution that makes students want to participate, speeds up service, lessens the administrative load, and makes your team more self-sufficient.
Nutrition technology is truly the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
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