Smarter school lunches: new app helps schools cut food waste while ensuring safer menu choices for pupils

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A new app has been launched to help schools and academies reduce food waste and manage their school meals more safely and efficiently.

CivicaEats, a new mobile-based app developed by global smart software provider Civica, will allow pupils or parents to order school meals in advance, allowing kitchens to prepare only the meals required. This not only minimises waste and drives sustainability, but it also allows for more accurate management and ordering of stock.

Pre-ordering through the app could increase take-up of on-site catering by enabling ‘grab and go’ purchases and encourage healthy eating, through the in-app promotion of meal deals and healthier options. CivicaEats will also help to protect students, by removing unsafe options from an individual student’s choices in line with their dietary needs or allergy plan.

The new app will help schools save on administration time too, through a built-in student onboarding process. It is also fully integrated with Civica Cashless, an app which enables pre-payment to remove cash transactions on the school premises and improve the flow during lunchtimes. Menu choices and balances are instantly updated between the two Civica systems for a seamless catering operation.

Dawn Pollard, Managing Director for Cashless Solutions at Civica said: “CivicaEats empowers schools to proactively cut down on food waste whilst providing parents with peace of mind by enabling them to plan what their children are eating at lunchtime.

“Smart technologies have transformed so many aspects of our lives, from virtual GP appoints to ordering food online using our mobile phones. Now we’re bringing this digital experience through the school gates, engaging with a tech-savvy younger generation and making school meals better and safer and, ultimately, greener.

“CivicaEats forms part of our wider suite of integrated smart software solutions for schools, providing kitchen management, cashless catering and online payments to deliver an end-to-end solution for more efficient, profitable and safe catering operations.”