Unpaid Meal Charges

When students are unable to pay for their meal services, meal charges will apply per a student’s eligibility category and will be processed by the District accordingly.

The school Principal and District staff will work jointly to prevent meal charges from accumulating. Every effort to collect all funds due to the District will be made on a regular basis and before the end of the school year. Families who are struggling to pay for student meals are strongly encouraged to complete an application for free and reduced meals.

Unpaid meal charges are considered delinquent debt when payment is overdue as defined by Board policy. The District will make reasonable efforts to collect charges classified as delinquent debt.

When a student’s funds are low or there is a negative balance, reminders will be provided to the parent(s)/guardian(s) at regular intervals during the school year. If a parent/guardian regularly fails to provide meal money and does not qualify for free meal benefits, the Building Principal or designee, will direct the next course of action. Continual failure to provide meal money may require the District to take legal steps to recover the unpaid meal charges.

Legal Ref: Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296); 7 C.F.R. §245.5; 23 Ill.Admin.Code Part 305, School Food Service