School Meal Charge Procedures

Background Information

  • The ֱ recognizes that healthy, nutritious meals are an important component to student readiness and ability to learn.
  • In addition, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 210.10(a)(1) General Nutrition Requirements states “Schools must provide nutritious and well-balanced meals to all the children they serve.” In accordance with this regulation, the ֱ will not deny any student access to school lunch.
  • By statue, the district’s Food Service Department is a self-supporting fund that shall not have a negative balance at the close of a fiscal year.
  • Unpaid charges place a financial strain on the district’s operating budget.
  • To be fair and equitable and in order to ensure compliance of all who participate in the school meal program, the proce-dures establish methods of payment and charge availability.
  • The ֱ procedures establish the following:
    • Establish consistent district procedures regarding the method of payment for meals and charge availability for charges in the district’s meal program.
    • To treat all students with dignity at all times
    • To provide free meals for all students who qualify for free meals.
    • To provide reduced priced meals for all students who qualify for reduced meals.

Meal Charge Procedures

Elementary School Students

  • Allowed to accrue a negative balance of negative (-)$5.00.
  • Once the negative limit is met, a la carte milk will not be available for purchase.
  • Negative Balance Notices are sent when account balances go into the negative. Notices are printed each Tuesday afternoon and distributed to schools on Wednesday morning to be sent home.
  • If an account balance is greater than negative (-)$5.00, students are still allowed to eat breakfast and lunch but will not be able to purchase a la carte items, including milk.

Middle & High School Students

  • Not allowed to accrue a negative balance.
  • Students must have money in their meal account to purchase a la carte or extra meal items. Students may still get a breakfast and lunch provided it is a complete meal.

Payment Options

  1. Online Payment at . Choose from:
    1. One time funding
    2. Smart-Pay: Automatically adds money to an account when they reach a certain dollar amount as determined by the parent. Notified by email when balance is getting low and a payment is going to be made. *Remember to check your credit card expiration date*
  2. Send money to school.
  3. Send money to:
    Educational Support Center
    Food Service Central Office
    3600 52nd St
    Kenosha, WI 53144


For clarification on the School Meal Charge Procedures, please call the Food Service Department at 262-359-6382