Food Charging Policy

STUDENT FOOD SERVICE ACCOUNT CHARGING POLICY: 

If a student has funds on account, or has cash on hand, the student may purchase a variety of healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack items through the school cafeteria.   However, if the student does not have a positive balance in his/her food service account, the amount of purchases the student can “charge” is limited.  The food charging policy of the Northbridge Public Schools limits the amount of charges that can accumulate on a student’s account to $11.00.   Once a student’s account reaches a negative account balance of $11.00, the student will no longer be able to purchase additional breakfast, lunch, or snack items, unless they pay in cash at the register.  If a student does not have cash, but goes through the line to make a breakfast or lunch purchase, the student will not be able to purchase the breakfast or lunch meal, but instead will be provided with a single alternative meal item, such as a cheese sandwich. 

As a participant in the National School Lunch Program, Northbridge Public Schools offers free/reduced lunches to students who qualify.  Applications can be found on the District website, www.nps.org, or by clicking here.  Applications can be filled out at any time during the school year.  Only one application per family is necessary. Please submit your completed application to your child's school.

STUDENT FOOD SERVICE ACCOUNT BALANCES:

Parents/Guardians may view their student’s account balance by visiting MySchoolBucks.com.  In addition to viewing the student balance, a past history of charges may be viewed and “Low Balance” warnings may be set up so prompt notification can be made when funds run low.  Please keep in mind, it can take up to 24 hours for payments to be posted to student accounts.

STUDENT FOOD SERVICE ACCOUNT ONLINE PAYMENTS:

Parents/Guardians may make online payments to add funds to their student’s food service account.  Payments can be made through the online payment center on the District website, www.nps.org, or payments can be made at MySchoolBucks.com

REPAYMENT PLANS:

The food service department will work with families to establish reasonable repayment plans that are manageable for their family’s budget.   Grade 12 students must pay in full any negative food service balance before they are able to graduate.   

QUESTIONS:

If you have questions, please email Mary Farese-Brown  or call her at 508-234-8163.