Another aspect of the program is Horizon MealPayPlus, a prepayment system that enables parents to make online or phone payments for their child's school meal plan. Parents are able to view account balance and payment history on demand. Data available for online review includes product purchase history, enabling meal plan review.
eSecure Peripherals has implemented a cashless system called SnapPay for school foodservice vending machines. SnapPay works with installed POS technology to effectively monitor subsidized and reimbursable meals.
The SnapPay solution integrates with meal planning software to produce efficient and controllable unattended point of sale transactions.
SnapPay is designed to improve and expand meal plan solutions by integrating cashless terminals into vending machines so that the machine is basically an extension of the POS network. In essence, SnapPay is described as a means to transform vending machines into cashless reimbursable meal delivery devices.
eSecure Peripherals offers three options related to cashless transactions: standard accounts, subsidized accounts, and reimbursable accounts. Standard accounts rely upon student identification to verify and authorize purchases.
SnapPay controls access. The meal plan software used by the foodservice operator manages user authentication and monitors account balances.
A subsidized account adheres to governmental guidelines and manages student qualifications for vending machine dispensed meal access.
The meal plan solution software manages student access and control and transaction reporting. A reimbursable meal account operates similar to a subsidized account with superior controls to ensure that meals are only provided to those students who qualify for the program.
The delivery of subsidized and reimbursable meals through vending machines can enhance efficiency in school district foodservice operations while providing several benefits, including: increased meal delivery options without expanding the workforce; tracking of student purchases; elimination of unauthorized purchases; increase in non-subsidized product sales through increased convenience and exposure; and centralized management and control of vended products and meal service.
VE Global Solutions
The StarFood solution from VE Global Solutions involves biometric technology, POS integration, optional cash transaction options, and local area networking. The company emphasizes product freshness through a first-in, first-out (FIFO) delivery system. Reimbursable meals are prepackaged to ensure that the student selects a meal that has the requisite components to comply with government requirements.
The food vending machine can be equipped with a PIN-pad, bar code reader, or biometric reader to establish a transaction authorization. Either can be used for student authentication, purchase authorization, and account access.
The installation of refrigerated carousel food vending machines is intended to improve and expand meal plans by placing complete meals in non-traditional areas (outside cafeteria locations).
The EZeats Meal Center from PCS Software works with the company's Web prepayment system to enable online account access. The machine is a multi-function, temperature controlled device that can be seamlessly integrated to the PCS Fastrak POS system. The meal center functions on a FIFO loading and distribution rotation scheme and can dispense both a la carte items and complete meals.
The Fastrak school meal software is designed to effectively manage a wide range of student account functionality, including account creation, prepayment posting, maintenance of eligibility status, and production of account balance reports.
It supports single or multi-line POS operation, keypads and/or cards, touchscreen POS terminals and network and serial communications. The Fastrak software provides a comprehensive transaction audit trail and can be configured to work with event catering and vending machine service options.
The EZeats Meal Center is a machine designed by IfeedU to supplement or replace cafeteria-style line service with self-service. The machine connects with the company's PayPAMS Web prepayment system and Fastrak software. EZeats machines are seamlessly integrated with PCS Fastrak POS system.