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December 2021

Meals Plus Support and Training

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Do you have a new employee, or just want a refresher training on sections of Meals Plus? We offer multiple options for Meals Plus training: Web training: Region 1 will provide online training using Zoom Meeting at no charge to the district. Meetings can be setup one-on-one or in group calls. On site at Region 1: Districts can setup in-person trainings conducted at the Region 1 office at no charge. On site at District: The option for a Region 1 staff member to train on site is available, but only...
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Time to Delete Non-Current Students!

Time to Delete Non-Current Students!

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Meals Plus recommends running the “Delete Non-Current Students” function approximately 3 months after the start of a new school year.To access the Delete Non-Current Student option, a Meals Plus Administrator simply logs into System Management, selects the Administration menu, then “Delete Non-Current Students.”Meals Plus will display a list of all students (status 2-5) who meet the following criteria: No Point of Sale meal history or transactions in the cu...
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November 2021
Verification Results Input

Verification Results Input

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When the information is received back from the selected households, enter it under Results Input.VERIFICATION BUTTONS Click  if you need to make changes to the application. It will take you through all the input screens. Check all students, head of household and all members to ensure their information is correct. Verify you have the required documents such as paycheck stubs to verify all income.NOTE: If there is a pending status change on the application, you w...
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October 2021
Meal Benefit Expiration

Meal Benefit Expiration

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Student Eligibility > Administration > Meal Benefit ExpirationVerify that the Expiration Date is correct for your school district. If needed, make changes and click Save.This will let Meals Plus know when to cut off those students that are still on last year’s benefit, and have "NOT applied for benefits" in the current school year.Meal Benefit Expiration LettersThese letters can be used to notify parents that their meal benefits, carried over from last year, are about to ex...
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September 2021

New MDE SSO Notification Letters Available

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MDE has release new SSO templates for both the Notification and Direct Certification letters. We have mocked up a Meals Plus version of the letters that are available upon request. You can update the letters by going to Student Eligibility -> Administration -> Letter Setup.
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Begin Next School Year Checklist

Begin Next School Year Checklist

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General Verify that all cafeteria computers can log into Meals Plus. Verify that all External Hardware is operational.System Management Review Security: User Setup — add new cashiers/users, assign sites & items, as needed.Point of Sale Review/edit Attendance Factor in Control File. Review/update Item Setup: Prices, State Reimbursable items and Assigned Users Review/update Site Setup: Other Configurations: Default chargesStudent Eligibility  Set Meal B...
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August 2021

Student Eligibility

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Processing -> Manage ApplicationDon’t forget about Archived Applications when you are processing new apps for the 19-20 school year! You can copy a family’s archived application to the New Year and update it to save time!
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Meals Plus Rollover Complete & Direct Certification

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 All the districts have been rolled over into the new Meals Plus 2021-22 year. If you are using Synergy, the sync between the two systems will not be turned on until Synergy is in the current new year. If you need your students updated and have switched your current year in Synergy to 2021, please let us know. Otherwise the student information will update once the sync is started again.With the rollover, we have uploaded the latest income guidelines from MDE. We have also set your Meal Bene...
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New Year Checklist

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Some things to do before the start of the new school year: Item prices, Administration -> Item Setup Reimbursement Rates, Accountability -> Administration -> Reimbursement Rates Double check the Meal Benefit Expiration Date, after 30 operating days (set for the 31st day) Student Eligibility -> Administration -> Meal Benefit Expiration Start up all Meals Plus computers and login, make sure all update successfully!
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June 2021
Meals Plus Year End

Meals Plus Year End

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Region 1 will once again perform the year end process for you. This includes: Preparing your data for the 2021-22 school year Taking a copy of your 2020-21 Roster, Balance and application dates. Updating the Income Guidelines for your Free and Reduced Meal Applications in Student Eligibility. Updating Reimbursement Rates Advancing students and inactivating those that have leftWe are planning to start the rollover process on July 1st. We do request that you refund any remaining balances or transf...
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