K12Foodies Episode 35: Sensual Nutrition with Dr. Jim Painter, PhD, RD

The School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference is right around the corner, and we’re so excited to be in Atlanta for the “School Nutrition Event of the Year!” The event is jam-packed with fun and educational sessions, including one from today’s guest.

 

Dr. Jim Painter joins us for an exclusive sneak peek of his ANC Education Session, “Sensual Nutrition.” If you struggle with getting your students to try new foods and foods that are healthier, this is definitely the episode for you.

Dr. Painter has previously joined us to discuss his book “Let’s Eat Mindfully.” Click here to listen to that episode.

And he busted myths about heart disease from his latest research in “Finding the Truth in the Failed Theories of Heart Disease.” Click here to listen to that episode.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 34: Conflict Resolution in The Workplace with Cynthia Sevier, SNS

Meals Plus’ Child Nutrition Operations Consultant, Cynthia Sevier, SNS, joins us for a series on personnel management. She’s with us today to give us a sneak peek of her next white paper “Don’t Let One Bad Apple Spoil the Whole Bunch: Conflict Resolution for Child Nutrition.”

 

 

If you missed her last episode, “Do You Have a Rotten Egg in Your Child Nutrition Department? How to Deal with Difficult People,” you can listen to it here.

The white paper will be available to download soon; sign up for our newsletter to be notified as soon as it’s available to download!

If you’re interested in Cynthia’s child nutrition consulting services email her at cynthia@mealsplus.com or call Meals Plus at 1-800-541-8999.  If Cynthia has visited your district before, you know what an amazing wealth of knowledge she is, and we promise you’ll want her to come back!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 33: School Food Trends: Part 2 with Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS

Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS joins us for Part 2 of her series on Top School Food Trends. Sharon   is a chef contributor to School Nutrition Magazine, works for Farmer-Owned Hiland Dairy, and is a chef, speaker and educator. In Episode 30, she shared three of the top food trends she is seeing in child nutrition, and in this episode, she shares the remaining three.

 

If you missed Episode 30, you can listen to it here

We hope episodes like this inspire you to try some of these trends in your own cafeterias!

Follow Chef Sharon Schaefer on her website, The Evolution of the Lunchlady, and on Twitter @ChefSharonSNS.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

Meals Plus Help Desk Statistics: May 2017

Meals Plus continues to provide top-notch customer service – and fast!

The Meals Plus Help Desk generates random surveys after each technical support call every month of the year. The results are then analyzed to ensure our customers have the best experience possible.

Here are a couple of the highlights from our May 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results:

  • The average time to answer a support call was only 14 seconds.
  • The average talk time with a customer was just under 10 minutes.

Thank you to the Meals Plus Support Team for their hard work and providing the best customer support in K-12 cafeteria management software!

 

K12Foodies Episode 32: “Dealing with Difficult People” with Cynthia Sevier, SNS

 

When we ask child nutrition directors what topics they’d like to hear about on K12Foodies, one of the most popular responses is tips to manage their staff. So we’re very thankful that Cynthia Sevier, SNS is joining us for a series of episodes and white papers on personnel management. She is Meals Plus’ Child Nutrition Operations Consultant, and she has written many of our Meals Plus white papers, including “The 5 P’s of Promoting Your School Meal Program.” She’s with us today to give us a sneak peek of her next white paper “Do You Have a Rotten Egg in Your Child Nutrition Department? How to Deal with Difficult People.”

The white paper will be available to download soon; sign up for our newsletter to be notified as soon as it’s available to download.

Cynthia has over 30 years of experience in school nutrition and is a retired director from Guilford County Schools in North Carolina, a district with 122 schools and student enrollment of over 70,000. So she has a lot of experience in conflict resolution specific to the child nutrition industry. We hope you find this episode useful managing your own child nutrition departments.

If you’re interested in Cynthia’s child nutrition consulting services email her at cynthia@mealsplus.com or call Meals Plus at 1-800-541-8999.  If Cynthia has visited your district before, you know what an amazing wealth of knowledge she is, and we promise you’ll want her to come back!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

Compliance Confidence in Meals Plus’ School POS System

Hello, Meals Plus Matt here!

Is it true that someone, somewhere always wants a report?  Whether it’s sending the state your monthly claim, reviewing a nutrient analysis, or giving your Finance Department detailed figures, you need reliable data that’s both compliant and is right at your fingertips.  You have plenty of day-to-day tasks to take up your time, so let Meals Plus take all the effort out of routine reports.  No need to take my word for it – these are examples of what our customers say:

“Since our implementation of Meals Plus Student Eligibility, POS, and Accountability, our State Reports are accurate and our monthly claim is easy to process. Our cashiers feel confident in their ability to use the program, which keeps our lunchlines moving faster than they ever have, and our students and parents very happy! :)”
Kim Terry, Food Service Director
River Road Independent School District

“We are so pleased with the system and would never encourage our district to look elsewhere for service. It is so nice to have all of the support and ability to run reports, letters and feel so on top of what is going on in our system.”
Jenny Childers, Secretary
Middletown City Schools

We offer easy-to-use software designed to be simple to implement, easy to learn, and created exclusively for K12 cafeterias.  Along with award-winning support, we can help you keep the lunchlines moving (and clear the paperwork headache!).

Email me, matt@mealsplus.com or contact me here to find out more.  I’m here to serve you!

K12Foodies Episode 31: Finding Truth in the Failed Theories of Heart Disease with Dr. Jim Painter, PhD, RD

 

This episode is all about myth busting, which we love to do here at K12Foodies! Dr. Jim Painter, PhD, RD discusses what we think causes heart disease, and will give us valuable information we can use in and outside of the lunchroom.

Dr. Painter was a guest on K12Foodies previously and discussed his new book, “Let’s Eat Mindfully.” Click here to listen to the complete episode.

We met Dr. Painter at the SNA’s 2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference, where he led a General Session on food trends, the gluten-free movement and the use of GMO’s in our foods. And we are so excited that he has joined us on K12Foodies to share his knowledge!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

Managing Food Allergies in Meals Plus Cafeteria Software

Hi, Meals Plus Matt here!

As you may know, last week was Food Allergy Awareness Week – a unique opportunity to raise awareness of food allergies inside and outside of schools. 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 messages for cafeteria cashiers
  • Bold pop-up alerts of food allergies for individual  students
  • ‘Prohibited’ item settings
  • Special Messages
  • Custom Allergen set-up
  • Student allergy reports

It’s another way we’re keeping the lunchlines moving…safely.

Email me, matt@mealplus.com or contact me here to find out more. I’m here to serve you!

K12Foodies Episode 30: School Food Trends with Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS

 

Our guest is one of our favorite K12Foodies, Sharon Schaefer, SNS. Sharon is a chef, speaker and educator, so if you’ve been to a national or state School Nutrition Association event in the past few years, you may have even attended one of her sessions or classes.

Sharon travels across the country visiting school districts and training child nutrition professionals, so she has seen the latest menu trends in child nutrition. She joins us today for part one of a two part series on the Top School Nutrition Menu Trends.

We’re all about collaboration at K12Foodies, so we are especially excited Sharon could share what’s happening in child nutrition across the country. We hope episodes like this inspire you to try some of these trends in your own cafeterias!

Follow Chef Sharon Schaefer on her website, and on Twitter @ChefSharonSNS.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

Meals Plus Help Desk Statistics: April 2017

Did you know that Meals Plus generates random surveys after technical support calls? And we analyze the results to ensure our customers have the best experience possible. Each month, we share the results of those randomly generated surveys, and here are the results from April 2017:

Thank you to the Meals Plus Support Team for their hard work in helping over 400 school districts keep their lunchlines moving!