If your state requires you to do so, you can record the actual amount of food that was served after each meal. This reflects the actual quantities served on the menu and Menu Production Record.
Required Permissions: You must have the Plan Menus permission enabled on your account to record actual quantities served. If you are a sponsored center, your sponsor must enable this feature for you.
- Go to the Daily Menu page. There are two ways to do this:
- From the menu to the left, click Food Program. Then, click Daily Menu.
- From the menu to the left, click Calendar. Then, double-click the day for which to estimate attendance.
- Click Infants or Non-Infants.
- Click , or click in the Actual Quantities Served column. The Enter Quantities Served pop-up opens and only displays those menu components where a food item was selected on the Daily Menu.
- Click each box and enter the quantity served.Note: The Non-Infant pop-up shows three milk types: Whole Milk, 1%/Skim Milk, and Substitute Milk. This allows you to enter quantities served by milk type so they are properly calculated and reflected on the Menu Production Record and the Milk Audit (if applicable).
- Click the corresponding drop-down menu and select the unit of measurement.
- Click Save.
A Note About Infant Menus
If individual infant menu reporting is enabled, the infant menu you record on this page will be used as the default for all infants. You can adjust individual infant menus when recording attendance and meal counts on the Attendance & Meal Counts page. If you are required to record quantities served, the actual quantity served will be calculated from quantities entered on individual infant menus where the infant was served a default meal component.
For example, suppose you recorded Infant Cereal on the Daily Menu page. This is the default infant menu.
- Charlie is served 2 TBSP of infant cereal.
- Sammy is served 3 TBSP of infant cereal.
- Jamie is served 2 TBSP of infant cereal.
The actual quantities served on the Daily Menu page will show 7 TBSP, as this is the sum of quantities served to infants using the default menu. However, you can override this amount if adjustments are needed:
- Click the amount served. The Quantities Served pop-up opens.
- Enter the new amount.
- Click Save.
Note that overriding quantities overrides the default menu, and any adjustments to quantities made on individual infant menus will not affect the quantities recorded on the Daily Menu page. If you make changes on an individual infant menu, you must re-calculate this quantity to return to the sum.
Following the example above, suppose you overridden the actual quantities served for Infant Cereal so it now reads 8 TBSP. You later adjust the amount served to Sammy to 2 TBSP and realize you need to re-calculate the total infant cereal served.
- Return to the Daily Menu page.
- Click Recalculate Quantities.
- At the Are You Sure prompt, click Recalculate. The override is cleared, and actual quantities served are updated to reflect quantities on individual infant menus.
Since we updated Sammy to 2 TBSP and recalculated, the quantities served now reads 6 TBSP.