Town Hires Debt Collector To Get Families To Pay For School Lunches

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  1. Leeda.the.Paladin

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    School officials in Cranston, Rhode Island are getting aggressive in seeking payment from parents in arrears for their kids' meals.
    SAM FULWOOD IIIDEC 9, 2018, 11:02 AM

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    Cranston, Rhode Island hired a private debt collector to compel parents to pay up on delinquent lunch money accounts.

    Chief Operating Officer Raymond L. Votto, Jr. sent a letter to all parents in the district, informing them the district has hired Transworld Systems, a Delaware-based debt collector, to recover tens of thousands of dollars owed for school lunches

    The school district located in suburban Providence, Rhode Island, serves approximately 11,000 students in 24 schools with grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district reported its 2018-19 budget at $157,579,491. The district allocates approximately $5,572 per pupil for instructional expenses.

    Under the existing school lunch policy, parents are encouraged to prepay for lunches or to pay in cash on a daily basis. Children who didn’t pay were given meals and asked to make reimbursement within two days. Households that qualify for reduced or free lunch programs were asked to apply for the program.

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    “Once a student has charged five (5) meals (middle\high school $16.25 & elementary $12.50) and no payment has been received, that student will receive a lunch consisting of a sunny butter sandwich, fruit, and milk in place of a hot lunch,” according to the school policy cited on its website.

    “This meal maintains the USDA standards surrounding reimbursable meals and will be charged at full price to the student’s account.”

    According to WPRI.com, a news website affiliated with a Cranston-area television station which first reported the school lunch story, Votto said the district turned more aggressive in collecting for the meals after failing repeatedly to persuade parents to pay for school lunches that their children had already eaten. Votto said in the letter to parents that the school district wrote off $95,508 in unpaid lunches from September 2016 through June 2018.

    Now, some three months into the 2018-19 school year, the district’s unpaid lunch balance is $45,859. “In the past, the school district has attempted to collect unpaid lunch balances without much success,” Votto wrote. “The District lunch program cannot continue to lose revenue.”

    Transworld is expected to begin dunning Cranston parents next month. If parents continue not to pay up, the collection agency will report them to national credit bureaus and the delinquencies will show up on their credit reports.
     
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  2. Atthatday

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    Ludicrous, but not surprising.
     
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  3. Crackers Phinn

    Crackers Phinn Either A Blessing Or A Lesson.

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    These people need to quit playing and either fill out the free lunch forms on time or pay what they owe. This is ridiculous.
     
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    What's a "sunny butter" sandwich?

    It's a shame kids are made to be embarrassed for their parent's lack of productivity.

    If you're not going to pay for your child's lunch then you should send them to school with a meal.
     
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    Had to google it. It is a sunflower butter sandwich instead of peanut butter. I guess that is to avoid any peanut allergies.
     
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    Idk why, but parents are too proud to fill out the financial papers.
     
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    Interesting, thanks!
     
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    If they can’t afford to pay, why not just fill out the form? I don’t see a problem with this. Pay for your children to eat lunch.

    Awww, so they don’t give the graham cracker peanut butter and jelly sandwiches anymore? I used to love when they served these with some cold milk. Lol

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    I bet at least 75% of these parents can afford the lunch but would just rather not pay.

    People tend to buy what they want and beg for what they need.
     
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    This!
     
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    We have FREE lunch for all NYC public school students and still folks wont fill out the ppwrk!
     
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    Really? When did that become a thing?
     
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    I believe the new policy took effect in September 2017.
    Family income info is still necessary cause that's a factor in how dollars are allocated.
     
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    Those we're so good!

    Welches has "Graham Slam", which looks the same. I wonder how it tastes.
     
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    I saw that when I was googling for a picture of the sandwich. I got all excited, but it turns out that they’re discontinued. :(
     
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    Nooooo! Agh I wish someone would bring those back. (Originals)
     
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    It’s sad but half of these kids are raising themselves. So sad! Some kids don’t eat at home. School is the only place they get to eat. This is a reality......no one is reporting on how many kids and families are homeless.
     
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    My old elementary school cut us off after the 4th “charged” lunch.
     
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    I kept up with my sons school lunch fees. I went to the office and paid for him to eat in the cafeteria. This just sounds crazy but some people don't cooperate.
     
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