Charge Policy

The School Nutrition Program will be operated on a nonprofit basis and will comply with all rules and regulations pertaining to nutrition, health, sanitation, internal accounting procedures, and service of foods and will meet all state and federal and local requirements necessary for participation.

The system’s food service supervisor will oversee the program. All products and services necessary for the operation of the school nutrition department shall be procured using the Board-approved procurement plan which must comply with federal and state purchasing procedures.

School Nutrition may include the following programs: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program and Afterschool Snack Program. Meals and snacks that are offered shall meet the federal requirements for reimbursement as defined by federal regulations. School food service receipts will be used only to pay regular food service operating costs. When food service facilities are used by outside agencies, an adequate fee will be charged and the manager will ensure that no USDA commodities or supplies provided for the regular program are used.

As required for participation in the School Nutrition Programs, the Board agrees to the following:

  1. Meals/snacks must be made available to all students in attendance.

  2. Free and reduced-price meals/snacks must be made available to students who are determined eligible for these benefits.

Students will be permitted to bring their lunches from home and to purchase allowable beverages and a la carte items at school.

OFFER VERSUS SERVE

For breakfast, a student must take the full portions of no fewer than three of the four food items offered.

For lunch, a student must take the full portions of no fewer than three of the five food items offered.

FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Criteria and procedures for determining a student's need and steps in securing for students no cost or reduced-cost lunches will be established by the state/federal guidelines.

Students who participate in no-cost or reduced-cost meals will not be distinguished in any way from students who pay the regular price.

COMPETITIVE FOODS/VENDING MACHINES

Any sale of food and beverages (other than competitive foods) to students during the school hours will be under the supervision of the school food service department and the revenue will be deposited to the food service account.

The sale of all competitive food and beverages to students during the school hours shall be limited to foods and beverages listed on the Tennessee Department of Minimum Nutritional Standards.2 These sales will be limited to the time period after the end of the last lunch period.

Vending machines in the schools will be controlled so that they will not offer competition to the school feeding programs or encourage poor eating habits. Vending machines may be operated by the school for employee use only in designated employee lounges.

Any sale of food and beverages through commercial vending machines at school system locations other than schools, shall be under the supervision of the board of Education or its' designee. Any revenue earned through the use of such machines will be deposited to the general purpose school fund.

CHARGING POLICY

Students in grades K-5 may charge one breakfast and one lunch. This service is designed to cover emergency situations only. It is not designed to provide a credit service for continuous charging and collecting for student meals. Students may not charge until the previous charge has been paid.

Students and adults in grades 6-12 may not charge meals. A la carte items many not be charged.

CHECK CASHING POLICY

Personal checks may be taken for the payment of school breakfast and lunch but may not be cashed for the purpose for making change or as an accommodation to individuals.

ADULTS ELIGIBLE FOR FREE MEALS

Only employees of the Weakley County Board of Education who are assigned to work in the Child Nutrition Programs and are paid from the Child Nutrition Program funds are considered directly involved in the operation and administration of the Child Nutrition Program and are eligible for free meals.

Meals served to these adults may not be claimed for reimbursement or counted towards the donated foods entitlement.

Legal References:

Cross References:
1. 7 CFR § 210.10 -13

Deposit of Funds 2.500

2. TCA 49-6-230

“ USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer ”