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April 2022
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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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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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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