My friend received an email that one of her children’s lunch accounts was underfunded. She was surprised because she put the same amount of money in each student’s account and didn’t receive notices from the other accounts. So she started investigating. It turns out the one child was buying breakfast each morning at school – even she was eating a small breakfast at home. She was also buying ice cream and other additions at lunchtime.
Walsh was doing something similar two years ago in second grade. His account was being spent at double the rate of Rose’s and it turned out that he was buying two lunches a day. He wasn’t eating two helping of the vegetables, just two helping of hot dogs.
At our old school in Gwinnett you could limit the child to just one lunch or just one ice cream a day or just one ice cream a week. With that particular lunch account here, I couldn’t limit the child to just one lunch a day. So the next year everyone started bringing their lunches. No more arguing over how much he could buy.
Have you ever been surprised by how much your child was buying from the school cafeteria? How did you limit it? How did you find out?