Unpaid Meal Charges: Guidance and Q&As

Last Published: 06/28/2017

This Question and Answer memorandum is designed to provide an overview of policies related to unpaid meal charges and to address common questions the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture has received from State agencies, school food authorities, and local Program operators. The Q&A includes questions related to the local charge policy requirement, student eligibility for free or reduced price meals, payment options for families, alternate meals, and debt collections. This memorandum supersedes SP 57-2016: Unpaid Meal Charges: Guidance and Q&A, September 16, 2016.

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