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Oldham Co. parents, students can see school menus on new app

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Packing your child's lunch is now as simple as the click of a smart phone app.  The new program will tell Oldham County parents exactly what's in school lunches.

Leigh Anne Peterson with the Oldham County School Food Service notes, "We look around and everybody is tied to their smart phone or their tablet."

That's why she decided to throw out the old style paper lunch menus at Oldham County Schools, to be the first in Kentucky to launch a mobile menu app:  "We're leading with the nutritional choices that we're making for the menus and we want to be able to show that in a way that they're going to see it."

The smart phone app shows a complete menu, pictures, descriptions of the food, and even lists allergies.  Peterson says, "It's hard to pack a lunch for a child with allergies and so if they can look and see that what we have is safe for their child to eat, I mean they're ecstatic."

The School Lunch By Nutrislice app is free and available for iPhones, iPads, and will soon be offered on the Android. Along with the new menu, students also have more nutritional options, as Peterson explains: "There's more whole grains, our pastas, our rice. We're doing a lot more scratch cooking to kind of remove some of the processed items, putting in our chef-inspired recipes. The managers have created some recipe items so we're including those as well."

The improvements don't end there. Peterson says parents and students will soon have even more options with the new mobile menu app.  "There's a lot more exciting things coming too with this app. We can do a complete nutritional analysis so it's more than just what's for lunch, it's what am I eating?  You know, food is fuel for learning, so we really are helping with that."

The app cost the school a percentage per student, but officials say it was inexpensive.  The app is available for free in the app store under the name "School Lunch by Nutrislice."

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