Schools across the UK are streamlining their catering operations by simplifying menus to offer a Grab & Go lunch service. This is an efficient method for schools to incorporate varied safeguarding measures such as staggered break times and the implementation of collection points throughout the school.
Simply pre-order, collect, and go.
A Grab & Go style food offering will allow pupils to order their lunch choices in advance and pick up their food at specific collection points. This reduces the need to queue and wait for food to be packaged and prepared during lunchtime.
Your school’s Grab & Go solution
The use of a pre-ordering app helps secondary schools facilitate a Grab & Go offering that will allow your school kitchen to run efficiently and safely. The first of its kind, Fusion Online removes the contact from your lunch service, giving schools greater control over traffic flow whilst ensuring social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
How does Fusion Online work?
1. Reduced Contact with the pre-order app
Fusion Online is an entirely contactless identification method that allows catering teams to maintain a high level of service whilst following social distancing rules.
For secondary schools, pupils can pre-order their favourite school meals from their mobile phones to simply pick them up from a designated collection point at lunchtime.
This removes the need for traditional touchpoints from the lunchtime queue and sends orders to the kitchen ahead of time. Allowing catering teams to prepare meals in advance provides many benefits such as increased efficiencies, food waste reduction, and significant savings in associated costs.
2. Control traffic flow with collection points
To control traffic flow for a quicker and safer lunch service, Fusion Online notifies pupils when and where to collect their meals. This helps schools to limit the number of pupils within an area and provide the flexibility to utilise other school spaces by setting up multiple collection points.
The software is even flexible enough to work with staggered break times and a delivery operation if your school decides to go down this route.
3. Cashless catering goes mobile
Fusion Online is easily activated as a simple add-on to your cashless system for a seamlessly integrated solution. This enables schools to cater to large volumes without compromising on the speed of service.
A seamless cashless connection means that pre-ordered meals are also paid for in advance. When school meals are ordered through the app, the pupils' cashless account is automatically adjusted - removing yet another touchpoint from the traditional lunchtime service, and reducing school debt.
Pupils can also view their live cashless balance on-the-go from their own device.
A truly contactless lunch solution for safe school meals
There are many benefits of removing cash from schools, ranging from increased efficiency in reporting to saving time on admin tasks for finance staff. Now that schools are returning, removing cash is more important than ever.
By combining Fusion Online's cashless catering software with iPay online payments, schools can remove any physical transactions from the dining hall, providing a fully contactless lunch experience.
Bringing pupils back after the lockdown period will come with its challenges, and we're here to help your school implement and efficient Grab & Go lunch service that meets everyone’s needs.
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However you are restructuring your catering offering, your software will need to be flexible enough to adapt. Read more about a Grab & Go solution for your school here.