Technology in dining spaces of virtually all facilities is rapidly progressing. One facility that may be the least expected is K-12 cafeterias. It is easy to assume that technology is unnecessary in most aspects of K-12 dining. However, as software is advancing and providing never-before-seen features, it is clear that many K-12 cafeterias will begin to incorporate technology into their meal programs, especially with students returning to school and COVID precautions still being taken.
There are various new advancements within K-12 meal program technology. In this article, GKM will do all the research so you can sit back and learn! All stated features' availability depends on the specific software used, but here is a general overview of how technology can be utilized to its fullest potential in K-12 cafeterias in conjunction with the CDC’s “Considerations for Schools” document.
1. Virtual Nutritionist
Keeping students healthy and happy should always be your foodservice provider’s number one goal. Providing a virtual nutritionist can be beneficial in a plethora of ways to accomplish this. Having a nutritionist either create or approve all menus while maintaining those same mouth-watering features breathes a sigh of relief into parents. Also, a nutritionist is available to meet with students to address any concerns or questions regarding their diet and exercise and provide general nutrition knowledge.
2. Remote Ordering
K-12 students who are old enough to have a tablet or cell phone love this feature, but even the younger students can benefit from remote ordering. Parents can log in to an app to view the menu and order ahead of time for their children. This saves time and allows their children a much more relaxing dining experience whereas before, being in the cafeteria might have felt rushed or hectic. It is also a breeze when the software makes it easy for those with allergies/intolerances to have items labeled for easy accessibility.
3. Meal Service
Some schools may choose to do completely different processes for meal times by using their software. Remote ordering is nothing compared to the fact that some programs are opting to do meal service. This is essentially a meal delivery service that will keep classrooms separated until it is safe to go back to the cafeteria.
GKM is a foodservice management company that wants to alleviate your stress. We want to work with your K-12 facility to establish the most useful features of technology for your students, teachers, staff, and parents and bring it to life in your cafeteria during these unprecedented times.
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