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3542R Food Service, Regulation

THE NORTHFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION FILE CODE: 3542 Northfield, New Jersey X Monitored Mandated Regulation X Other Reasons


Lunch Payment Arrears

Students who forget lunch or lunch money shall be provided a lunch. Parents/guardians shall be notified and charged a lunch fee. If payment is not received and arrears equal to or exceed three lunches, students may still receive lunch through the school lunch program according to the following rules:

A. Parents/guardians shall be notified by the Food Service Director regarding their student’s debt and payment on the charge should be made by the student the following school day;

B. Charges will show as a negative account balance on the student’s school lunch program account;

C. If a student reaches three (3) charged lunches without providing reimbursement for the charges, the student will be offered a complete alternative meal of either a cheese sandwich or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, along with the required fruit, vegetable, and milk that is provided with the regular lunch;

D. Certain ala carte items and snacks may not be charged;

E. If payments on charges remain unpaid, the principal may notify parents/guardians after three incidents of forgotten lunch or lunch money and request a conference to investigate and address the problem. The conference may include:

  1. A discussion of the problem to ascertain to what degree the student is responsible or if there are mitigating circumstances or financial hardship that are contributing to the problem;
  2. A statement of lunch charges that includes instructions for payment;
  3. A description and price list for the school lunch program;
  4. Information regarding participation in the federal free or reduced price lunches and milk program;

Adopted: 4/30/14 NJSBA Review/Update: Readopted:

Key Words

School Lunch, Food Service, Nutrition, Wellness

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:11‐1 General mandatory powers and duties

N.J.S.A. 18A:18A‐5 Exceptions to requirement for advertising

See particularily:

N.J.S.A. 18A:18A‐5a (6)

N.J.S.A. 18A:18A‐6 Standards for purchase of fresh milk; penalties; rules and regulations.

N.J.S.A. 18A:33‐3

File Code: 3542

FOOD SERVICE (continued)

Through ‐5 Cafeterias for pupils

  1. 18A:54‐20 Powers of board (county vocational schools)
  2. 18A:558‐7.1 Through ‐7.2 School lunch program
  3. 2:36‐1.1 et seq. Child Nutrition Programs
  4. 6A:23‐2.6 Supplies and equipment
  5. 6A:30‐1.1 et seq. Evaluation of the Performance of School Districts
  6. 6A:32‐12.1 Reporting Requirements
  7. 6A:32‐14.1 Review of mandated programs and services


Cross References: *1200 Participation by the public *1220 Ad hoc advisory committees *3000/3010 Concepts and roles in business and non‐instructional

operations; goals and objectives *3220/3230 State funds; federal funds *3450 Money in school buildings *3510 Operation and maintenance of plant *3542.1 Local wellness/nutrition *3542.31 Free or reduced‐price lunches/milk *3542.44 Purchasing *4222 Non‐instructional aides *5131 Conduct/discipline

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

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