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CCPS launches new app to share nutrition, safety info for school food

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield County Public Schools is giving parents a new way to track exactly what their kids are eating in school meals. The option comes after an elementary school student died eating a peanut at school and her mother filed a lawsuit against several school system employees. 

It's a new tool that many parents are responding positively to in Chesterfield County.
The application is free, and once logged on, a user can look up a specific Chesterfield County school, choose a meal and see all of the nutrition information listed, including known allergens and calorie counts. 

Several parents have already checked out the app.

"This is pretty good. I think parents would like this!" said Kenneth Toledo, who has a grandchild in Chesterfield County schools.

"That's awesome," added Jason Troupe, who has a student in Chesterfield County schools. "I like it. Definitely going to download it."

Several parents pointed to the list of known allergens as useful information. The app highlights common issues, like wheat or soy.

"I understand why they do this," said parent Alicia Arce. "I understand they had an incident at Hopkins where a child died of peanut."

Ammaria Johnson died in 2012 after eating a peanut at school. Her mother has since filed a lawsuit against several school staff members and a nurse.

The free app — School Lunch by Nutrislice — can be downloaded for iPhones from Apple's App Store and for Android phones from Google's Play store.

For more information, visit the school system's website: mychesterfieldschools.nutrislice.com.

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