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Metro Schools Changes Cafeteria Charge Policy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Officials with Metro Nashville Schools have decided to change their cafeteria charge policy after racking up more than $51,000 in lunch debt.

As of February 20, 2012 high school students will no longer be allowed to charge meals in the school cafeteria.

Official said that students and families who cannot meet the cost of lunch on a regular basis still will be offered free and reduced priced meals. Those families must apply for meal assistance through the Metro Schools System.

Metro Schools said they have come to this decision after measuring the immense debt left to the cafeterias by students who have charged meals and failed to pay. Uncollected debts in schools are prohibited by Federal regulations.

To learn more about how to apply for meal assistance, click here.

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