Perry Public Schools Food Service Dept. utilizes a computerized debit card system to track all lunches sold to students. The system assists in keeping accurate account information as well as increases the speed of the cafeteria lines. The student number is used as the account number so there is no need to apply for an account.
Student lunch accounts operate as a debit system. Each time a student purchases a lunch, the cashier removes, or debits, the money from that account. All student lunch accounts must be pre-paid in order for a child to properly pay for his meal.
Pre-payment for lunches can be done daily, weekly or monthly. To deposit money into your child’s lunch account, simply visit the district website: www.perry.k12.mi.us. Click on “Building Menu” heading, then click on “Food Services” and scroll to “Send Money to School”. Money may also be delivered to your child’s school. When making a deposit at the school, please place the check or money in an envelope and print your child’s name and teacher on the envelope. If depositing money into multiple accounts with one check, you must list all the children you wish to receive funds and how much money you would like in each account. Account history is also available through the Send Money to School site or you can contact the Food Service Department 517-625-064.
Free & Reduced Meals
If families have a financial situation where the purchase of school lunches is difficult, a child may qualify for free or reduced price meals. The application process is very simple and confidential. There is no overt identification of students whose families qualify for free or reduced meals. Applications can be completed on the Food Services website under Send Money to school / Lunch Application icon on the bottom right hand side of the page or you can pick up an application from the school office.
If a student forgets his/her lunch money or is unable to pay, they will still be able to charge the lunch to their account. Full payment is expected on the next day. A child may only charge three meals.
If payment is not received after charging three meals, the child will no longer be able to receive a hot lunch and instead will be offered a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk. After receiving the alternate meal for five days in a row, the food service director will be notified for further investigation and resolution.
If a student has a negative balance but is using money to pay for the current day’s menu, a standard hot lunch meal will be provided.
Parents or guardians are responsible for keeping track of their child’s account balance. Account information and low balance eMail reminders can be found and set up through Send Money to School on the Food Service webpage under Building Menu at www.perry.k12.mi.us. Questions can also be directed to the Food Service office by calling 517-625-0064.
If a student forgets his/her lunch money or is unable to pay, they will be able to charge the lunch to their account. Full payment is expected on the next day. A student may only charge three meals. If payment is not received after charging three meals, the child will no longer be able to receive a hot lunch. In addition, the child will not be allowed to charge a` la carte items such as bottle water or package snacks.
Uncollectable / Delinquent Debt
Bad debt is uncollectible / delinquent debt that has been determined to be uncollectable by the end of the school year in which the debt was incurred. If the uncollectable / delinquent debt cannot be recovered by the School Meals Program in the year the debt was incurred, it is classified as bad debt. Once classified as bad debt, non-Federal funding sources must reimburse the NSFSA for the total amount of the bad debt. Funds may come from the district general fund, State or local funding, school or community organizations such as the PTA, or any other non-Federal source. Once the uncollectable / delinquent debt charges are converted to bad debt, records relating to those charges must be maintained in accordance with the record retention requirements in 7 CFR 210.9(b) (17) and 7 CFR 210.15(b).
The Business Office will conduct periodic reviews of all food service accounts. Any surplus funds from the National School Lunch Program shall be used to reduce the cost of the service to students or to purchase cafeteria equipment. Surplus funds from a` la carte foods purchased using funds from the nonprofit food service account must accrue to the nonprofit food service account. Bad debt incurred through the inability to collect lunch payment from students is not an allowable cost chargeable to any Federal program. Any related collection costs, including legal costs, arising from such bad debt after they have been determined to be uncollectable are also unallowable.