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Albuquerque Public Schools using barcode program for fall reopening

The child nutrition department served 2.7 million meals during the spring coronavirus shutdown.

Three years ago, I visited the Albuquerque Public Schools. The child nutrition department had recently opened a new central production kitchen and the team was working on some menu development options that incorporated leafy green vegetables to fit USDA meal regs under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

color-coded barcode program .jpgFlash-forward to today, and director Sandra Kemp and her team are planning for a fall reopening. Because they aren’t sure exactly how the district will reopen and educate students, the child nutrition department has crafted a meal plan that will work for any of the service points they might employ—in-person; grab-and-go pickup; and drop off at childcare facilities.

Part of that program is a color-coded barcode program that helps the department track and provide the correct style of meal to students for each week (the district is currently looking into students with last names A through L attending in-person classes one week with M-Z attending the following.

Here’s Sandra’s story about Albuquerque Public Schools’ plans for fall.


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