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June 2022
Meals Plus Year End

Meals Plus Year End

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As we prepare for migrating districts to a new lunch system software application, the Year End process provided by Region 1 will be modified this year. Please provide us with the following: Last day of school for the 2021-22 year. Anticipated date when all meal account balances will be updated (Refunds or Transfers) The new lunch system software application you have selected, and the anticipated date on which you will go live on the new lunch system. Please take a copy of your Meals Plus roster,...
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May 2022

Email Parents About Turning Off Auto Payments

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Now is a great time to send out an email reminder to all parents of seniors to turn off auto payments. This will help to cut down on the time it takes to refund any meal balances after school is out for the year.
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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 2022-23 school year 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 rolling districts on July 1st at the end of the day. We do request that you refund any remaining balances or transfer funds of your seniors before then. Also, we plan...
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April 2022

Direct Certification Instructions

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Basic Direct Certification import setup can be built by Region 1. District must provide the Direct Cert List from MDE.As most of you know, USDA guidelines require mandatory direct certification for all children in food stamp households.The following files are needed to match your students to the information provided by the state.A current student file with: Student Number Case Number Student Last Name Student First Name Address1 Address3 Parent Last NameA file from MDE with students that should ...
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Lunch Application

Lunch Application

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Online free & reduced applications Allows parents and guardians to apply for meal benefits online Speeds application processing Makes it easy to administer - no more dealing with messy handwriting Eliminates the need for paper files Utilizes SSL security protocol (Network Solutions) Integrates with Free & Reduced program to accurately update eligibility  Applications Setting the MBE DateAfter the start of a new year Region 1 will default set your MBE dates. The district will need to...
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Special MARSS #364 Error Note

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Students appearing on your MARSS Error report with warning #364, if you find the address listed for the student was a previous address (even if it was in another town) but that the student did reside at that address and the parent/guardian listed is correct for the student, then the student may be marked free in MARSS.  DHS addresses can be from a year ago so they may be different. 
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February 2022

Managing Food Safety in Meals Plus Cafeteria Software

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With all the buzz around increasing awareness and ensuring food safety in school cafeterias, it poses a question; is your school lunch POS software equipped to alert cashiers of students’ food allergies and other limitations?Meals Plus understands the importance of ensuring student health and safety and wants to make sure you get all the safeguards you and your students need. Meals Plus school POS system provides a number of features associated with food allergies: Custom message...
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January 2022

Anthony's Best Practices

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Help prevent serving on incorrect days by restricting the ability to Change the Serving Date in the Serve screen.Actual Date is when a transaction is actually entered. Effective Date is the date chosen in the Serve screen.Ensure the Date/Time of each computer is correct as Offline Transactions cannot use the Date/Time from the Server.Accountability:• The Non-Participating Students report is a great tool to see students currently not participating in Breakfast or Lunch.• The Unclosed Da...
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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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