Unpaid Meal Debt Creates Financial Challenges for Schools

Unpaid meal debt creates financial challenges for schools

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About 71% of school districts reported unpaid student meal debt during the 2012-13 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association. Unpaid meal debt in larger districts can reach as much as $4.7 million. Districts are working to tackle the challenge with formal and informal solutions. SNA spokeswoman Diane Pratt-Heavner recommends policies "that respect students while preventing escalating unpaid meal debts." The Atlantic online