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Parents can buy students lunch with online payments

March 22, 2012

Bay City Public Schools in Michigan are the latest to join a rank of public schools that are offering students and parents the convenience of online credit card payment processing for buying lunches, according to M Live.

Bay City Public Schools in Michigan are the latest to join a rank of public schools that are offering students and parents the convenience of online credit card payment processing for buying lunches, according to M Live. Last year, 62 percent of public schools in the nation were accepting some form of cashless payments for school lunches – a figure that’s estimated to reach 80 percent in 2012, according to the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.

“We’ve had a lot of parents request for the service,” said Lori Grant, the director of food services for the district, as quoted by M Live. “We’re just waiting on the credit card processor.”

Once the system is in place, parents can visit the school’s website to make online payments, as well as call or visit the school to pay with a card, check or cash in person. The decision to accept cards streamlines the payment process, Grant said.

In addition to the added convenience, parents can use the service to check their balance and monitor their child’s lunch choices. In the future, students may be allowed to pay with debit cards in school because many already carry them, the source reports. 

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