supports optional Plug-Ins, available for purchase at
additional cost. Plug-Ins offer very specific functionality that
not all organizations
may need. Those organizations that do require this functionality
may find it invaluable!
The Plug-Ins currently
BillMaker is MealService's
complete Accounts Receivable module. Bills can be generated
for items received by a client, with calculations based on a
per-day (for example, 20 days' deliveries), per meal (for example,
breakfast, lunch and/or dinner) or per specific item (hot entree,
cold lunch, etc.) basis. The billing can be addressed to one
of the following: the client, a client's designee, or a funding
agency. Pledges can be invoiced as well, using either a per-day
or per-item method. With BillMaker, it's a snap to generate
invoices for client and third-party billing, and monthly statements
are also easily generated for those clients who have outstanding
balances. Invoices and statements are formatted so that window
envelopes can be used, or matching labels can be easily generated
The ListMaker allows
the creation of arbitrary lists of clients, facilitating deliveries
to members of the list on an as-needed schedule (screen
shot). For example, a list of clients could be maintained
who wish to receive health information intermittently. When
the information became available the list could be scheduled
for delivery, specifying that the delivery item would be a Health
Brochure. That item would then be added to the clients'
normal delivery items.
As an example, a
list could be created for scheduling a holiday delivery (screen
shot) or for scheduling a one-time delivery of an item such as a shelf-stable box. The holiday delivery might require the client
to specifically request the meal, and the ListMaker provides the opportunity to track that.
Another use for the
ListMaker is to reschedule clients whose deliveries may be interrupted
when a holiday prevents delivery services. For example, an agency
might not deliver on July 4th. The clients who would have received
a delivery on July 4th could be easily rescheduled to other days, either
before or after the holiday.
- Greatly easing
the creation and scheduling of calendar-based deliveries to
groups of clients, such as congregate sites that may only receive
meals once a month or every other week.
- Allowing easy rescheduling
of clients' deliveries when they have been interrupted by a
holiday or other event. A short
tutorial demonstrating this use is available on the Demos/Tutorials
- Allowing maintaining
a list of clients for any purpose, such as those on a waiting
list to be given a microwave.
- Facilitating the
creation of a list of clients who are to receive a special meal,
such as a Thanksgiving meal, by recording to which clients a
reminder has been sent and which clients have responded to the
on how to handle this scenario is available on the Demos/Tutorials
Client service data
can be easily exported to Synergy Software Technologies' SAMS™
through this plug-in. Data can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet
(for use with an XML converter) or directly to XML format, either
of which can be imported into SAMS.
The MenuMaker allows
the creation of menu cycles, with detailed menu information
such as the entree, starch, vegetable, etc. (screen
shot). The substitutions for each menu item can also be
specified, where required. For example, if the vegetable were
broccoli, a low-potassium substitution of peas could be specified.
Menus are created on a cycle, consisting of a user-defined number
of weeks. Once a cycle of menus has been created, it can be
easily assigned to specific delivery dates and reused as needed
(screen shot). Client-specific
menus can be printed to accompany each client's meal, and a
report listing the detailed component counts and all adjustments
and/or substitutions can be prepared for the kitchen. sorted by prep area.
As in all of MealService,
the detailed menu components (such as entree, starch, vegetable,
etc.) and the menu selections (such as Meat Loaf, Roast Chicken,
etc.) are specified by the agency.
- Frees kitchen staff
from having to manually count the numbers of standard and modified
- Allows the nutritionist
to specify the component substitutions required for all special
diets, thereby ensuring that clients with dietary restrictions
still receive proper nutrition.
- Allows the printing
of attractive, personalized client menus
- Creates an easily
accessed archive of all the menus the organization has used