Online Fees in the School Meal Programs
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) considers access to a healthy school meal a critical function of Child Nutrition Programs. FNS Instruction 782-6 established the longstanding policy that children participating in the school meal programs not be charged any additional fees for services provided in conjunction with the delivery of these programs. Charging fees in addition to the regular reduced price or paid meal charge limits access to the programs and imposes an additional criterion for participation. This memorandum addresses recent questions regarding how this policy applies to fees associated with online services in school meal programs.