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Parents of Fayetteville City School System students will have a new option for paying for school meals this fall, as the system launches an online payment system.
“Parents can go online and put money in their children’s accounts,” explained Ron Perrin, supervisor for the school system.
Cost is $1.95 per transaction, he said.
Those wishing to continue traditional payments, such as sending money with their children to school, may do so. The online system is just an additional option available, Perrin said.
The new online program will be of no cost to the school system, he noted.
Another change coming this fall is the addition of a la carte offerings, especially on the high school level.
“The cost of food is really rising,” said Perrin. “We’ve been looking for ways to increase our revenue.”
With a la carte offerings, students will be allowed to purchase additional food items, such as an extra slice of pizza.
School cafeterias nationwide have faced rising food costs since passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that calls for increased portions of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.