Mobile app makes it easy to see what school cafeterias are serving for lunch and breakfast

Chesterfield County Public Schools is making it easier than ever to find out what’s being served in cafeterias by launching a mobile app with detailed descriptions of school breakfasts and lunches.

The free app — School Lunch by Nutrislice — can be downloaded for iPhones from Apple’s App Store and for Android phones from Google’s Play store. Also, the school system’s website provides a link: mychesterfieldschools.nutrislice.com.

The app offers details about meals being served in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Users simply choose the school they are interested in, select breakfast or lunch, then view detailed nutritional information (including possible allergens) about the entrees and side dishes available each day. For example, the fajita chicken salad offered in elementary schools contains 163 calories, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fat,
2 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein.

Chesterfield County parents who have tried School Lunch by Nutrislice are enthusiastic. “It’s really great! I think it’s very user friendly, and I like being able to see so quickly what the nutritional breakdown is,” said Paula Maddern whose children attend Woolridge Elementary and Cosby High. Annette McCracken, whose daughter attends Tomahawk Creek Middle, agrees: “The new interactive menu is fantastic! It will be very helpful with decisions that we as parents have to make for our children’s nutrition. I love that it breaks down the calories, fat and carbs on each menu choice.”

Providing information in English and in Spanish, the app is available now for use by Chesterfield County Public Schools families and will be demonstrated during Food Fairs on March 27 and April 2. About 800 people have registered for the Food Fairs, which offer parents and students an opportunity to sample items being considered for next year’s school menus.