Request for Information: Unpaid Meal Charges


If children do not have the required payment for meals on the day of service, schools may extend credit to the child for the meal. Since credit policies are usually established at the school district level, they vary across the nation and within states. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to examine and report on the current policies and practices of state agencies and LEA’s regarding extending credit to children by allowing them to “charge” the cost of school meals on the day of service. This examination must evaluate the feasibility of establishing national standards for extending credit to children by allowing meal charges, establishing national charges for alternate meals which might be served, and providing recommendations for implementing those standards. FNS is seeking information from all affected parties with special interest in details of state or LEA unpaid meal charge policies and procedures and the advantages and challenges associated with those procedures. Written information must be submitted or postmarked on or before January 14, 2015.

To submit your unpaid meal charges information online, click here. To see the Federal Register notice of the request for information, click here.

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