Auto Update 142 is now available!

New in this release

New Features

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  • New! Par Level Alerts have been added! A new option to receive Par Level Alerts, and an email address to receive those alerts, has been added to the User Setup form under Security in System Management

    • Check the Par Level Alert Emails box, and enter an Email Address to receive par level alerts via email as part of the Daily Jobs.
      • An email will be sent to the entered email address if an item is at, or below, its par level.

  • New! Customers can now sign in using their Active Directory login credentials. A section for Active Directory setup has been added in System Management: Administration: Control Information.  This tells Meals Plus the type of authentication to use when accessing Meals Plus 
    • Customers will need to enter their Domain Name and Path (usually starts with LDAP).  Meals Plus recommends the IT Dept. enters this information.  Once saved, a new menu option (User Import from Active Directory) appears under Security.
      • The Meals Plus Log In screen has a new Use Active Directory checkbox. When using Active Directory logins, check this box and customers will sign in with their Active Directory credentials.
        • This checkbox only appears after the Active Directory information is entered in System Management: Control Information.
          • Additionally, when this box is checked, the Password field maximum length is removed and when Touch Screen On is clicked, your Windows keyboard will display since Active Directory passwords are case sensitive.
          • After the Active Directory information is inputted into the Control Information form, the district’s IT Department can Import users from Active Directory here instead of manually entering new users into Meals Plus.

          • Customers will need to Select a Group from their Active Directory users.  This will populate the grid of groups of which the user is a member.
            • Select the users to import by checking the box(es) by the user names.
            • Then select a User Group from Meals Plus to import the users into from the Set the User Group dropdown list, and click Create.
            • These customers will now use their Active Directory User Name and Password to sign into Meals Plus, so no password will display in User Setup.

Search and Filter By screen:

After-school Snack Production Record form:

Sample Report:

Other Enhancements
Inventory
Orders
Manage Purchase Orders

  • If a district’s General Ledger is set to School LINQ, the customer will be able to change Delivery Date and Prices.  A security preference in System Management was added to allow updating of Purchase Order if G/L type is School LINQ.  

Menus/Production
Administration

Site Setup

  • After-school Snack and Supper Feeding Figure (FF) columns have been added.
    • After-school Snack and Supper Feeding Figures must have a value for Cycle Menus to create properly; customers can open this form and simply click Save.  All After-school Snack and Supper Feeding Figures will populate with ‘0’.

Nutrient Standard

  • An After-school Snack Nutrient Standard for age groups 6-12 and 13-18, and Supper Nutrient Standard for grades K-5, K-8, 6-8, and 9-12 have been added.
    • The requirements for Supper are the same as Lunch.
    • Customers will only be able to view this Nutrient Standard by using the Print button.

Meals/Menus

Reimbursable Meal

  • The After-school Snack and Supper Nutrient Standards have been added to the Analysis Estimate that displays what is required and what the meal contains.

Cycle Menu – Final Rule

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Nutrient Standard dropdown list. 

School Daily Menu

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Show filter.
    • This option will only display Meal Types that are After-school Snack or Supper based on the customer’s selection.
    • The Feeding Figure set for After-school Snack and Supper will display as the Offered Serving numbers by default.

Reports

Recipe Preparation

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown list on the School Daily Menu tab.
    • Only recipes that have the Supper Meal Type for the day selected will display.  

Public Calendar

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown so recipes with that Meal Type for the site and month selected will display on the Public Calendar.

Calendar Report

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown list so recipes with that Meal Type for the site and month selected will display on the Calendar Report.

FBMP List

  • After-school Snack and Supper information has been added to the FBMP_Final Rule type report.

Food Based Analysis

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown list.
    • Only Cycle Menus that have the After-school Snack or Supper Nutritional Standard will display based on the customer’s selection.

Menu Costing

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown list.
    • If After-school Snack or ALL Meal Type is selected, any recipes that have a Meal Type of After-school Snack and is assigned to the cycle menu selected will be included.
    • If Meal Type Supper is selected, only cycle menus with a Supper Nutritional Standard will display in the dropdown list.

Simple Average

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown list.
    • If After-school Snack or ALL Meal Type is selected, any recipes that have a Meal Type of After-school Snack and is assigned to the cycle menu selected will be included.
    • If Meal Type Supper is selected, only cycle menus with a Supper Nutritional Standard will display in the dropdown list.

USDA Nutrient Analysis

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown list.
    • If After-school Snack Meal Type is selected, any recipes that have a Meal Type of After-school Snack and is assigned to the cycle menu selected will be included.
    • If Meal Type Supper is selected, only cycle menus with a Supper Nutritional Standard will display in the dropdown list.
    • The Feeding Figure and Supper Nutritional Standard for the Site and Cycle Menu selected will display.

Pull Report

  • After-school Snack and Supper have been added to the Meal Type dropdown list.
    • If After-school Snack or ALL Meal Type is selected, any recipes that have a Meal Type of After-school Snack and is assigned to the cycle menu selected are included.
    • If Meal Type Supper is selected, Ingredients needed for Supper recipes for the site selected display.

Production

Production Record

  • Supper has been added as a Meal Type to the Production Record.

All Production Record

FL/Alt. 2 Production Record

  • The data used to populate the Production Record has changed.  Column E—Total Portions Prepared is used to calculate Usage if there is no Leftover code or if the Leftover code is D (for Disposed) in Column F.  Otherwise Usage is calculated by using Column E—Total Portions Prepared minus Column F—Leftovers, the leftover amount.  Additionally, Column G—Portions Served (for students) is automatically populated with the data in Column E—Total Portions Prepared.

System Management
Administration
Auto Transfer Settings

  • Aeries Connector will import TeacherNumber if the customer is using v1, and import CounselorNumber if the customer is using v3 or above. 
  • More fields can now be imported with the PowerSchool Connector!
  • Additional features have been added to the Aeries connector.
    • Guardian Day Phone
    • Guardian First Name
    • Guardian Last Name
      • When importing, priority is given to the Guardian fields, then the Mother fields, then the Father fields and lastly the Emergency Contact fields.
    •  Allergies

Corrections
Inventory
Transactions
Physicals

  • If an open Warehouse Order exists on or before the Physical date, that Physical will not be able to be closed for the Warehouse or the Receiving Site.  Instead, a message will display: ‘Open warehouse orders exist.  Please receive, delete or change the receipt date to continue.’  The customer will need to click ‘Ok’ to continue.

Reports
Warehouse Load Summary

  • Alternate Items added to a Warehouse Order when a Primary Item is not available is displaying on the report. 

Student Eligibility
Processing
New Application

  • The error occurring when adding an Emancipated Minor, and then another student onto a new application has been corrected.

System Management
Administration
Auto Transfer Settings

  • The issue where NULL data was getting into required student fields in the database and stopping the PowerSchool Connector student imports from continuing has been corrected.
  • The issue where some information was missing after a full synch with VendorLink has been corrected.
  • If the Email field is set to Skip in the Aeries Import, the Email field will not be overwritten/updated when imported.