About the
Student Lunch Debit Card Program

This yearís Hot Lunch Menu program will continue to feature hot, nutritious meals provided by Quest Food Management Services, Inc.

The debit card is a laminated card imprinted with the studentís name and a bar code that is issued by the lunch program employees. A deposit is required in order to activate your studentís card. We suggest an initial deposit of $20 to each childís account. Students may use this card to pay for a complete lunch or for a carton of milk.

A debit card has some distinct advantages over a paper card and cash such as:

  • If it is reported lost or stolen, it can be deactivated and replaced.
  • Debit cards also help us to minimize the handling of cash.
  • They facilitate the economical production of federally mandated reports.
Kindergarten: A single $44 deposit to the debit card account will provide one carton of milk for each school day during the year.

1st-5th Grades: Lunches for the students in our elementary schools will include one carton of milk, and will be priced at $3.05 each. Additional cartons of milk will cost 25Ę each.

To make a deposit to your childís lunch account, please use a separate check or money order made payable to: School District 146. Please note on the check or money order that the payment is for the Debit Card Account.

If you have more than one child in the same school, we can divide the amount you send us on one check into multiple accounts. If you want the deposit divided, please include written instructions with your payment.

Notices will be given to the student whenever the balance in their debit card account reaches about $5. The district recognizes that parents are responsible for providing a lunch for their children. If a child is at school with no lunch and no balance in their debit card account, building staff members will make every effort to contact the parents to make them aware of the situation, and to arrange for an equitable solution to the problem.

Please contact your schoolís main office if you need help providing a lunch for your child. We truly do not want any child to spend all day at school without a lunch.

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