The next thing you know the IRS will start aduiting them, why are children having to pay for school lunches to begin with.
In a letter to parents, Raymond Votto Jr., chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, said the district has previously tried to collect outstanding lunch bills “without much success.”
“In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019,” the letter said.
Votto said between September 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018, the school district wrote off $95,508. He said the unpaid balance for the current academic year is $45,859.
"XXXXX ISD provides free and reduced-price cafeteria meals for students from families who qualify based on federal government guidelines. The meals served each school day are offered through the National School Breakfast Program/National School Lunch Program.
NEW! Now you can apply for free or reduced school meals online! The process is quick easy and FREE, and in a few short steps you’ll be done!"
I’m guessing the school district in question is the same.
If they are low wage, they would almost certainly be eligible for free or reduce price lunches. If they do not meet the eligibility requirements, that generally indicates that they make enough money to cough up the lunch bill.
Now there may be a tiny minority that are caught right on the cusp of eligibility that might be just over the line of income. But that is likely a tiny minority. Most people with income deficiencies will be eligible for federal lunch assistance.
But there will always be those people that don’t or won’t pay their bills. In the business world, I have had to have my staff attorneys send out demand letters to those who owe us money. I have had to help relatives extract money from slow paying tenants. It is no different with school lunches.
There are always going to be those people who CAN pay, who SHOULD pay, but who WON’T pay until somebody delivers an iron boot to their rear.
Having read the linked article, it’s the PARENTS who will be receiving collection notices, NOT the kids.
At any time of year, these parents can apply for free or reduced lunches for their kids in case of an event like job loss. They’re free to brown bag lunches.
The contractor is not in the business of providing a free lunch to 100% of the student population, but has the time honored goal of making money in mind. Payments can even be made electronically, &, quite frankly, these parents not paying the contractor is starting to chap my ass because those of us who either pay in a timely manner or make up for late payment got a $1.00 increase in costs of submitting payment electronically.
I’m sick of the whole free lunch crowd—especially since they already have no time limit to apply for free or 50 cent school lunches.