Many schools set up POS systems so no distinction is apparent as to whether a student has paid for a meal or is receiving it free or at a reduced price But when paying students run out of credit there is no easy answer in terms of how to handle the problem
Many schools set up POS systems so no distinction is apparent as to whether a student has paid for a meal or is receiving it free or at a reduced price. But when paying students run out of credit, there is no easy answer in terms of how to handle the problem.

What Do You Do When...The (Lunch) Credit Runs Out?

FM recently asked its readers how they proactively maintain a positive public image.

Beyond feeding what might be the pickiest demographic, school foodservice directors also have to balance a complicated program awash with tighter budgets, higher costs and new school meal nutrition standards.

At the same time, they have to proactively maintain a positive public image. That usually means not turning away students—especially in younger grades—who don’t qualify for a free meal but simply show empty pockets at the cashier station. So what’s a director to do?
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