Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How and when do I pay for meals on my child’s account?
A: Meal accounts must be pre-paid. Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student’s meal account.

  • On-line at
  • Bank Bill-Pay / checks can be mailed to: Food Services, PO BOX 150, Sugar City, ID 83448

If sending cash or check payment with your student, please download and use the pre-formatted payment slip.

We encourage students to make payments in their school office rather than in the lunch line in order to keep the line moving smoothly so each student has time to enjoy his/her meal.

Q: Can funds be transferred between siblings?
A: Yes. Please contact us at 356-8802 option 7 and we will be happy to transfer funds between siblings for you.

Q: What happens if my child’s account becomes negative?
A: All enrolled students will be allowed to charge a maximum of $15. An alternate meal may be given to students who have exceeded the charge policy.

  • The alternate meal will be available for two (2) days.

Please monitor your student’s meal balance in Power School or by calling the Food Service office. Federal regulations prohibit us from telling a student that they have a low or negative balance as they go through the lunch line unless the student asks the cashier.

Q: What happens to my graduating student’s meal account balance?
A: At the end of the year graduating student account balances will be transferred to siblings if applicable.

  • Please contact us if you would like a refund check mailed to you. Account balances not requested by students who move from the district or graduate will be considered a donation to assist other families.

Q: Do I need to fill out a free / reduced application each year?
A: Yes

Q: Where do I obtain a free / reduced price meals application?
A: On-line applications are available on the school lunch page of the district website (On-line applications provide the most rapid processing of your application) (Paper applications may also be obtained at any of the school offices, food service office or the district office)

Q: Do I need to complete a separate application for each of my children?
A: No. Please complete one application per family.

Meal Charge Policy

The school meal program is federally funded by reimbursement from meals sold and revenue collected from paid meals. In order to maintain the financial stability of the program, meal charges must be limited.

The goals of this policy are:

  • To ensure that all students have access to nutritious meals and that no child goes hungry.
  • To treat all students with dignity and confidentiality in the serving line regarding meal accounts.
  • To support positive and clear communication among staff, students and parents.
  • To establish fair and consistent practices throughout the Child Nutrition Program.
  • To place the responsibility of meal payments on parents/guardians.

Responsibility for meal accounts

  1. The School Food Service Office is responsible for maintaining student meal accounts and notifying the parent/guardian of negative balances. Automatic emails will be sent notifying parents/guardians of low balances. Automatic calls will be sent to parents/guardians when an account reaches $-.01
  2. Parents/Guardians are responsible for timely payment to student meal accounts as well as monitoring student accounts to ensure the balance does not fall below $0.00.

Delinquent Accounts

  1. All enrolled students will be allowed to charge a maximum of $15.00
  2. If an account reaches -$15.00 an alternate meal may be offered for a maximum of two days.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA} civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.}, should contact the Agency (State or local} where they applied for benefi t s. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800} 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en:

How to File a Complaint.

y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:
(1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400
Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(3) correo electrónico:
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.