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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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May 2021

Reminder to Parents About Turning Off Auto Payments

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Now is a great time to email reminders to all the parents of seniors to turn off their auto payments. This will help 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 2021-22 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 2021
Student Eligibility - Modify Your Notification Letters

Student Eligibility - Modify Your Notification Letters

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  Administration -> Letter Setup This screen allows you to customize your Student Eligibility letters. Select Modify an existing template to open a letter previously saved. Click Next. It will open in a screen similar to a word processor.  The ampersands (&) in the letter text indicate where it will insert information from the database. The dollar signs [$] in some of the Verification Results letters are place holders where you need to enter m...
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