Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Taking a Byte out of Meal Programs

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Taking a Byte out of Meal Programs

Article excerpt

Prepaid products such as credit cards and cell phones have become increasingly popular for both cash-strapped adults and parents trying to teach their children financial responsibility. Based on this trend, Horizon Software International LLC has released MealPay (www.mealpay.com), a unique meal payment system that lets parents prepay and manage their child's meal cards via the Web, telephone, or at on-campus kiosks. For schools, this means no longer having to worry about students with lost or stolen lunch money.

The easy-to-use, fee-based system allows parents to create a user name and password that lets them make payments toward their child's meals using a check or credit card. MealPay also enables parents to keep track of their child's balance in real time and provides the option to set low-balance reminders so they know when to add more money to the account. In addition, parents can use MealPay's automatic replenishment system to add a set dollar amount to their child's account whenever necessary.

"It's a win-win [situation] for everybody involved," says Director of MealPay Tina Bennett. "Since we handle everything for the schools, it's easy for them, and parents can rest easy knowing the money they give their child can only go toward eating."

Currently being used in 65 school districts nationwide, MealPay relies on 128-bit SSL encryption--the same security encryption as typical banking and financial e-commerce Web sites--for secure transactions.

"From a technical standpoint, we haven't had any troubles," says Jeff Peohank, a tech support specialist and parent at Cobb County Public Schools in Georgia. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.