When parents fail to pay for school meals, both the students and the school district are hurt. Particularly at a time when food and labor costs are escalating and the economy is down, it becomes even more critical to receive payment from families for meals provided while at the same time not generating ill will in the community. School districts are encouraged to have a district-wide policy in place to consistently address this circumstance. Below you will find several resources addressing denial of school meals for paid student as well as practicies and procedures that may be useful in developing a school district-wide policy.
School Nutrition Charge Policy Background Information
Sample Letter to Editor
Sample Charge Policy - Perkins Schools, Ohio
Sample Charge Policy - Durham Schools, North Carolina
Sample Charge Policy - Mount Diablo Unified School District - California