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Local Food Links

School Lunch Ordering Solution

Linking Parents To Their Children's School Lunches

Local Food Links

School Lunch Ordering Solution

Local Food Links is an an online system that allows parents to pick and order their children's school meals meals all from an online portal. As the business grew so quickly they had some issues regarding lost orders and needed to find a development partner to support their system and growth.

Linking Parents To Their Children's School Lunches

The Client

Local Food Links is a not-for-profit organisation that offers parents an alternative option to packed lunches and school meals. Delivering meals from their kitchens they supply over 40 schools across Central South England. LFL allows parents to order hot and chilled meals from the comfort of their home that can be delivered to their child’s school for lunch.

Since its initial launch in 1999, they have provided healthy school lunches for children all over the UK.

The Challenge

The Challenge

Local Food Links required help from a .NET agency to help maintain their custom system yet make improvements to the reliability and overall performance. An online portal was needed to be created for parents to order school meals for their children. As a government-funded initiative, the budget for this project was limited - so, we needed to create a lean solution to meet their needs.

The existing system wasn’t functioning quite as it should have been, meaning that orders were getting lost and as a result children would miss their meals. By re-writing the payment system entirely we were able to remove this error swiftly to get the system back on track.

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The Solution

We worked closely with Local Food Links to review the current system and outline all the key problems including what needed the most improvements to help the process be more reliable in the long run.

By creating a targeted plan of action we were able to address the critical issues within the budget. Since they already had the a system in place, there was no build work required for this project but came to Cold Banana to help maintain the current system and make additional improvements. 

 

Since updating and releasing their newest version there have been 0 missing orders which shows the overall success of the project. In just three months we drastically improved the current systems performance which lead to fantastic feedback from parents and improved the usage of the system altogether. Seeing such a vast improvement meant that parents were able to trust in the system again allowing LFL to continue reaching out to other schools and growing their brand.

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