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Cheney School District in Washington adds finger-scanning technology to speed up lunch lines.
While the majority of children in the schools with the technology are now using the system. Executive Chef LJ Klinkenberg said there are some parents who are concerned about scanning their children’s fingers. “It’s not a fingerprint,” Klinkenberg said. “There’s no fingerprint stored within the system.” Instead, the scan is converted into a number that’s associated with a student’s profile. It’s a quick way to help them keep track of information. Placing a finger on a scanner is quicker than punching in a number, Klinkenberg said they save about six minutes during every lunch period. It might seem small, but he said it can make a big difference for a child with a busy day. “If we can’t get them through a certain time, within that time that time they need to consume their food, then all the nutrition and all the energy we put into good food is lost,” said Klinkenberg.