Courtesy Meal & Charging Guidelines

Our practice is that no child goes hungry.  These guidelines are adopted by all schools in our district and we have procedures in place to ensure we are communicating not only with the child regarding their lunch account, but also with the parents and/or guardians on file.  Parents and/or guardians are responsible to maintain their child’s account throughout the entire school year.  Family Access is the best method for this.

Elementary Students: Students are allowed to charge 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. Charges are for reimbursable meals only.  Absolutely, no ala carte items are allowed to be charged.  Once the student’s lunch account has accumulated the allowed charges they are offered a courtesy meal (a cheese sandwich made with whole grain bread and 2 oz. of cheese (protein) and 1% white milk). Students that have a portion of the meal cost on their account will be allowed to charge. Once the outstanding charges are repaid, the student is free to charge again when necessary. 

Secondary Students: Students are not allowed to charge.  Students are reminded when the lunch account balance is below $6.00. If they have no meal from home, they are offered a courtesy meal (a cheese sandwich made with whole grain bread and 2 oz. of cheese (protein) and 1% white milk).

Adults/Staff: The Washington Constitution prohibits state and local governments from giving or loaning public funds to individuals, companies, or associations.  (Article VIII, sections 5 and 7) The district encourages staff to place funds on account and/or pay with cash.


  • Low Balance: -  We encourage every family to sign up for Low Balance notifications through Family Access.
    •  Log into Skyward Family Access.  Select My Account at the top right corner of your Skyward/Family Access window.  In the Account Settings view, at the very bottom, select check the box next to Receive Emails when Food Service Balance is under $6.00 and then SAVE the settings.
  • Negative Balance: Households are notified of any negative balances with an automated phone call and/or email. Note: the data used to generate these calls is from the end of the previous day and may not reflect payments made over the past 24 hours.) These messages are done as a service to the family to ensure that negative charges do not accrue drastically before a parent/guardian is notified.
  • Courtesy Meals: If a child receives a courtesy meal, households will also be notified with an automated phone call and/or email on that day. Courtesy meals are not intended to be in lieu of bringing the account positive.

Please note unpaid charges will be carried over year to year from school to school in the district.  

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines please contact Don Vennetti, Food Service Director for the Stanwood Camano School District at 360-629-1208.