School automating food services
- By Eric Kulisch
- Dec 17, 2000
A Virginia public school system is freeing its food service managers from
cumbersome paper-based recordkeeping with a new Web-based system from PEC
The $844,533 contract calls for PEC to develop an automated system to
help Fairfax County Public Schools' Office of Food and Nutritional Services
track 135,000 daily meals by July 2001. The school system provides meals
to more than 166 public and private schools, day care centers, senior citizen
facilities and other programs.
Food managers will use the school system's intranet to log the number
and type of meals served each day. Previously, records were mailed to the
central office and entered monthly into the accounting system.
"That will save a lot of paperwork and time," said Marshall Abbate,
the office's assistant director. Furthermore, accurate reports are important
to ensure proper reimbursement for state-supported programs, he said.
PEC will update the food services division's database, which tracks
meals and revenue by category. The new system will automatically compile
the data, compute totals and generate invoices, said Gwen Forkin, director
of PEC's software-engineering center.
Fairfax-based PEC is a technology services firm that specializes in
moving government tasks online. About 95 percent of its business is with
the federal government.
The company hopes to boost its state and local government clients with
the August acquisition of Viking Technology Inc., a software and IT solutions
provider for public safety agencies, PEC spokesman John McNeilly said.