Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Guilford County Schools offer nutritional menu apps that can help parents track what their kids eat or don’t eat if they have an allergy.
Nutrislice is the name of the app offered by WS/FCS and Meal Viewer is for GCS.
Both allow you to pull up the monthly menu online or mobile and, by clicking on each item, you can view the nutritional value and see if it contains any of the top eight food allergens.
Mother and blogger Tracy Bush has a son with several food allergies an feels this app is a step in the right direction and could be great for some families.
“I've never been able to send my son with multiple food allergies to school and have him purchase a lunch because I didn't feel safe. So having an app available to parents immediately is just a great thing,” Bush said.
Overall, Bush said that both apps were user friendly, easy to search and favorite a particular school of choice. But for families with food allergies, she wishes that they could be more specific in food content.
“Make suggestions to the companies, companies love to hear from their consumers on how to make their product better. It's great that they're including ingredients -- I would love to have them go a step further and include every single ingredient be able to click it and see where it's being processed from,” Bush said.
According to Food Allergy Research and Education Incorporated, one in 13 children have a food allergy. That’s about two children in each classroom on average.