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TCSD Food Services gets digital upgrade

Besides seeing what’s on the menu, parents, students and staff can see the nutritional value of each food item as well as create custom menus for those with food allergies. Students can also rank foods with a one to five-star rating which is instantly viewable by the TCSD Child Nutrition Department. Ratings can help determine what food items will continue to be served and which may be taken off the menu.

Nutrislice offers a breakdown of information about each food item by serving size, calories, fat content, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A, calcium, iron and vitamin C. Filters in the program can also be set to show which items in the menu include ingredients from the eight major food allergens: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

Menus can be accessed online by going to www.TooeleSchools.org under the ‘Families and Students’ tab, and clicking ‘School Food Menus.’ There is also a free Nutrislice mobile app for Apple and Android users.

Nutrislice will pair with Alexa smart home devices. A tip for those using Alexa, when the device asks the name of the school district, spell out the individual letters, “T-O-O-E-L-E,” then say “schools” in order to find Nutrislice for Tooele County School District. Once set-up, you can say things like, “Alexa, what’s for lunch at school today?”

The on-line menus can be translated into 52 different languages, to include all six languages taught through our Dual Language Immersion programs. The website also has active links to payforit.net, allowing parents to pay for school meals online, and the Free and Reduced Lunch Application Form.

This program will not only benefit parents and students, but it is also more time efficient for the TCSD Child Nutrition Department. Before this software was put in place, the Child Nutrition Department had to create and upload nine different PDF menus every month using a software program that was 24 years old. According to Child Nutritionist, Sarah Martinez, making any change to the menu was time-consuming. Martinez said making changes now is much easier and can be seen instantly by the end user. She also likes how parents and students can be more involved with school meals. Child Nutrition Supervisor, Casey Kress, said the software will free up time for Martinez to focus on new menu items for the schools and assist staff with how to prep those meals.

For those requiring assistance with Nutrislice, please contact the Child Nutrition Supervisor at 435-833-1920 ext. 2860 or via email at ckress@tooeleschools.org.

TCSD is part of the UCARE food purchasing co-op along with 15 other Utah school districts, three of which also use Nutrislice, (Alpine School District, Canyons School District and Park City School District).