Computers help track what children eat

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Chances are you aren't around when your child's eating lunch at school.

That can pose a problem if they're allergic to certain foods or they need to back off the brownies.

News 12's Meredith Taylor is on your side with the Richmond County school district's solution.

Lunchtime at Glenn Hills Elementary School means a bunch of hungry children.

Diane Winstead, lunchroom manager for Glenn Hills, says that school has several children with milk or corn allergies.

The Richmond County school district has a way of taking care of those students.

When they come through the line and punch in their last four digits of their social security number, a screen pops up to alert cafeteria workers the children can't have certain foods.

Parents can also cut out high fat foods.

Joe Brandenburg, Nutrition Coordinator for Richmond County, explains, "Well if a parent has concern about the number of calories a child is consuming in school, that is an approach for them to be able to use that."

In some school districts across the county, parents can go online and make changes to what children can and can't eat. But that's not the case in Richmond County.

"It's merely a security issue so it normally is done with a parent communication with the school nutrition manager and then the school nutrition manager goes in and makes changes that are appropriate," says Mr. Brandenburg.

Richmond County's tracking's been in place for 6 years.

You'll need a note from the doctor to put some foods on the list, because they may take away from nutritional requirements.