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Student Nutrition Charge Policy

Yuba City Unified School District

Charge Policy

To enhance the ability to educate students by providing a healthy school meal and create a consistent policy throughout the district, the following policy shall apply to students who have no money to pay for a breakfast or lunch.

The Student Nutrition Department will extend credit to any student without money on their meal account for up to five (5) lunches or the equivalent dollar amount.  Only reimbursable meals may be charged to a student’s account.  If the student does not have money the cashier should charge the account, up to the specified amount.  Employees of Yuba City Unified School District shall not direct any action at a pupil to collect unpaid meal debt.  No student will be denied a meal or given an alternative meal due to their inability to pay. 

Monthly the Student Nutrition Department shall exhaust all options and methods to directly certify students for free or reduced price meals. 

The Student Nutrition Office will email, mail or call all Parents/Guardians of students with a negative balance on a weekly basis.  When Parents/Guardians are contacted due to their student having a negative balance they will be informed of the following:

  • They have a student with a negative balance.
  • The districts charge policy.
  • Monies can be paid in the school’s cafeteria or online at
  • Free/Reduced Meal Applications are located in School Offices,
  • The Student Nutrition Office at 730 Gray Avenue; Yuba City, CA95991, and online at
  • A Free/Reduced meal application can be submitted at any time during the school year.

Parents/Guardians will be encouraged to submit an application.   

If the Cafeteria Staff/Manager notices that a student consistently has a negative balance they are to bring it to the Directors attention.  The Director or a designee will again make an effort to qualify the student through Direct Certification.  Contact will be made with the Parents/Guardians to see if they have the ability to pay the negative balance and offer assistance in completing a meal application.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for any debt that a student incurs.        

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, or political beliefs. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact SDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.