ARTICLE: Accounting for Special Meals in REACH

ARTICLE: Accounting for Special Meals in REACH

REACH allows you to account for and display a list of special meals that are required by your student population for each meal.  Special are considered to be any meal that is medically related. It also includes Late meals and packed meal orders.

Special meals are displayed in the Meals Dashboard > Meal Type display which can be found in your Dashboards menu.


Using the Show All Details drop down for each individual meal count will display a drop down which identifies each student who has a Special meal scheduled.

How to create Special meals (medical condition)

Medically related special meals are associated to Medical Conditions and will be automatically calculated as Special Meals in the Meal Type dashboard for a student if a student has a medical condition assigned to them that is configured to impact the meal count.

Step 1:  Create the Medical Condition
In System Configuration > Medical Conditions you can create an unlimited number of Medical Conditions that can be assigned to student profiles.  When creating a medical condition you can also identify if the medical condition will impact the meals count.  This will determine if the medical condition will create a Special Meal status for any students that have the medical condition assigned to them.

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Step 2:  Assign the Medical Condition to a student
In the individual profile of a student you can assign any of the Medical Conditions that you have created in your system to the student's profile.  If a Medical Condition that is configured to affect meals is assigned to a student then that student's meal count will become a Special Meal for each scheduled meal that they are attending.

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