The school district I work for is over $100,000 in debt, just from lunch money not being paid. So, the new superintendent made a new policy that says, from now on if kids have too many lunch credits they will be given milk, a fruit or vegetable and a cheese sandwich, instead of the tray of food on the menu that day. Since they made this policy, they have received $42,000 in back pay from parents and have had a few hundred (finally) sign up for help.
I know this will probably open the flood gates, but I agree with the school district. Why should I have to pay for YOUR child to eat? Some parents say it will stigmatize their children, because the other kids will know who can't afford the tray of food. You don't want your child stigmatized, send them with a sack lunch. A tray of food is only $1.25-$1.50. I know some parents have legitimate problems coming up with this, then they need to sign up for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. I know some of my kids say they can't afford it, but then got a WII for Christmas. I have other kids who say they can't afford it and their parents smoke. I say, give up the cigarettes and then your child could eat.
I am happy the new superintendent of schools is making these rules. It's about time we had some change that makes sense.