Meal payments, for many schools, are the most popular and consistent online transaction. However, many vendors do not focus on all of the needs for a Food Services Director or Child Nutrition Department. As a part of the EFS Core System, we have broadened the landscape for your food and nutrition services by offering more parent, staff and organization options than any other K-12 payment solutions provider.
Each day before 6:00am EFS receives the prior day’s ending Student lunch balance file from the school or lunch vendor containing student name, account balance, grade and building number. This allows EFS to provide low balance notifications and automatic account replenishment. Show more
Your school may select the EFS Real-time Payment Updater API, a daily file download or the EFS Wizard Secure File Transfer Protocol to automatically post payments to student lunch accounts.
You will never need to worry about installing and maintaining software on your school’s network. EFS removes credit card acceptance risk and worries by passing parents from your school’s website to our online web hosted highly secure payment processing system. All PCI/DSS sensitive data is stored on the EFS network removing your school from strict PCI/DSS payment processing compliance. Show more
Your school may select the EFS Real-time Payment Updater API, a daily file download or the EFS WizardSecure File Transfer Protocol to automatically post payments to student lunch accounts.
Traditional PC based Online payments are being surpassed by parents wanting to use their Mobile device. Therefore, EFS created its Mobile App API that allows any Mobile App provider to add Lunch payments as an option with little effort. Show more
For schools that have not selected a Mobile App provider, we offer parents the optimized payment interface. This allows parents to install the EFS logo and direct it to the optimized EFS Mobile website where all the features found on the Mobile App version can be used. The look and feel of the optimized website is the same as the Mobile version and best of all, there is no App to install.
EFS offers all four forms of payment. While credit and debit cards are popular forms of payment, over 60% of parents, given a choice between payment via card and payment via Direct Debit, will choose Direct Debit, because of the lower payment processing convenience fee. Schools currently absorbing the credit card processing fees will reduce their annual budget costs by implementing the lower cost Direct Debit option.
Children can experience dramatic social disgrace when they are told they must eat a peanut butter sandwich because their lunch account is out of money. To avoid the embarrassment, EFS offers schools and parents the Guaranteed Lunch program. Show more
Providing Food Services to organizations brings the unwanted task of running down payment. AutoPay eliminates the delay in getting paid for food services by automatically debiting the organization’s bank account. Show more
Using the daily balance file, EFS sends Low Balance emails to parents requesting the service. Parents can activate the Low Balance Replenishment option that automatically funds the student’s lunch account when the balance drops below a low balance limit established by the parent.
Parents on a budget often find recurring is the payment option for them. Recurring payments allows the parent to schedule a payment from their checking account on a fixed frequency and quite often this is the day after pay day. Show more
We encourage parents on a recurring payment plan to check their student’s lunch account balance near the end of each school year and turn off the recurring option when funds are sufficient for the remaining school-year.
EFS integrates with vendors that offer staff funding of lunch accounts in their Food Service module. EFS vendor integration provides both online and mobile access to school staff, providing easy on-the-go funding of lunch accounts. Staff lunch payments can be posted in just a few seconds after payment has been confirmed.
EFS can use the Free and Reduce settings in its POS, Online and Mobile payment platforms. This allows the school to signify other items available at a discounted price throughout the school campus. For example, the bookstore sells bottled water and flavored drinks; students with no discount pay full price, but the price is automatically reduced for students on free and reduced. Discounting can be applied to any item sold, including required student fees.
EFS provides parents and guests an easy method of saying thank you to that special teacher or donating to “Feed-a-Student”. Parents wanting to say “Thank You” to that special staff member can “Buy-a-Teacher-a-Lunch”. This permits a $10, $15 or $20 donation to Food Services for a staff member designated by the donor. Show more
EFS offers an online and mobile payment option for paying an organization’s food service bill. This allows parents, guests and local businesses to pay an organization’s food service bill for that “special” event.
EFS makes it easy for parents wanting to purchase Before and After School Child Care snacks and meals for their students. EFS selection menus provide a drop-down of food choices, providing that fast and friendly user experience.
Static and dynamic reports are available 24/7. Reports provide all detailed payment transaction information a Food Service Director has come to expect. Dynamic reports allow for search requests by date, building, payment method and more. In addition, reports can be exported in PDF or Excel format giving a school district all the flexibility to manage the electronic payment program. Show more
School building operators can be restricted to authorized transactions data on a Need-to-know basis. While most schools use a common Food Services bank account, EFS provides the flexibility to have an unlimited number of bank accounts. The reconciliation process is easy. Deposits include only the amount deposited into the student’s lunch account. EFS never nets out school deposits to collect bank credit card fees.
Promoting convenience and safety, Student Wallet eliminates the need for children to carry cash for district purchases. EFS allows your parents to extend authorized credit toward school-related purchases, such as ticket sales, bookstore supplies, spirit wear, art supplies, a-la-carte snacks and any other school related expenditure. Show more
While students freely roam campus and events, with Student Wallet in their pocket, mom and dad still have control over permitted expenditures. Parents have full control of maximum daily and weekly spending limits. Parents can cancel credit authorization at any time from their desktop computer or mobile device.