Share your lunch menu with a QR Code!

April 23, 2013

Recently my food service director went to a meeting and they started discussing QR Codes as an easy way to share  the lunch menu. We are having small magnets printed with the QR code so students can have them in their lockers so they can instantly see what is for lunch. 

There are two ways you can disperse the information, if you have a PDF menu like we do we just linked the QR code to the menu.  This allows your students to easily see the menu and save it to their device. You can see our menu here.

The other way would be to have a page on your website that you change the contents of each day to reflect what is being served. This would be more labor intensive because you would have to change content every day.

To see an example of that check out Lakota Local Schools: http://www.lakotaonline.com/departments.cfm?subpage=2919


Creating the QR Code

I usually create all of my QR codes with Google’s URL shortener. You can find tutorials I have done in the past about how to use Google’s URL shortener here: http://tjhouston.com/?s=goo.gl

To create the QR code simply go to the website goo.gl

Once here enter the URL to your menu into the text box and click Shorten URL

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 9.07.56 AMOn the right portion of the screen you will see where a new URL comes up.

Highlight that URL and copy it to the clipboard (Control / Command + C, or Edit -> Copy)


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Paste this URL into the address bar in your browser but DO NOT click enter. Once it is in the address bar add .qr to the end of the URL like so:


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Now click enter. On the next page you will see your newly created QR code:

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You can right click on the QR code and save the image to your computer!


This QR code can be displayed in several different ways and in different places. You can have a window decal made so it is on the entrance of a building. You can create magnets for students to keep on their lockers or for parents to keep on their fridge.

If you have any questions or need more help feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email tj [at] tjhouston.com