USDA gives local school districts discretion to determine how to handle unpaid meal charges based on local conditions and available resources.
Policies ensure a consistent and transparent approach to situations where children do not have the funds needed to pay for their meal.
School Meal Programs work to prevent unpaid meal charges by:
improving communication with families,
simplifying payment options,
proactively reminding families to add money to their child’s account before they reach a negative balance.
No one wants to cause a child distress during the school day. Louisiana is continually working to prevent "school lunch shaming" in our cafeterias.
It is the goal of the Louisiana Department of Education Child Nutrition Program is to provide children with the well-balanced nutrition they need to be healthy and stay focused during the school day.