##### Asked by: Hilaria Warnick

asked in category: General Last Updated: 7th June, 2020# How do you calculate labor hours per meal?

**meal**equivalents by the desired number of MPLH to determine the total

**labor hours**needed

**per**day.

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Regarding this, how do you calculate labor cost per meal?

Divide **labor cost** by total operating **costs** For example, if **labor costs** $9,000 **per** month and total operating **cost** is $15,000 **per** month, divide $9,000 by $15,000 to **get** 0.6. Multiply by 100. This final number is your restaurant's **labor cost** percentage.

One may also ask, how do you calculate meal equivalents? **Determining** Actual **Meals** Served: ✓ Cost out floor stock, tube feedings, catering, and cafeteria costs and divide by the market basket price to **determine meal equivalents**. ✓ **Meal Equivalents** (ME) can vary greatly, as it depends on what each CDM counts as a **meal**.

Regarding this, what are labor hour meals?

The number of **meal** equivalents (MEQs) served **per labor hour** represents the primary measure of productivity and production. MPLHs are calculated based on actual productive, paid **labor hours** assigned to a site.

What is a meal equivalent?

The **meal equivalent** is a statistical tool used to convert all **meals** and cash sales to a standard unit of production, in this case a reimbursable student lunch. It is not a unit of production, but it allows SFAs to equate all **meals** and other sales to a standard.