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Moorhead on List of Districts that May Withhold Lunch To Kids Who Cannot Pay

Moorhead on List of Districts that May Withhold Lunch To Kids Who Cannot Pay

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From the release:
Below is the list of schools who reported a practice or policy if an immediate or eventual refusal to serve food to a child who cannot afford the 40 cent co-pay. The circumstances of refusal typically involve some level of account deficit. Some of these districts allow a small number of meals to be provided on credit or offer limited alternative meals. However, these districts will not always guarantee food to a low-income child who cannot pay. Some of these districts turn away children of all ages, while others turn away only middle or high school children.

Ashby Public School District
Bagley Public School District
Bertha-Hewitt Public School Dist. 
Bird Island-Olivia-Lake Lillian Public Schools 
Blooming Prairie Public School Dist 
Blue Earth Area Public School 
Chatfield Public Schools 
Deer River Public School Dist. 
Eastern Carver County Public School 
Elk River Public School Dist. 
Eveleth-Gilbert School Dist. 
Fergus Falls Public School Dist. 
Frazee-Vergas Public School Dist. 
Houston Public School Dist. 
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 
Hutchinson Public School Dist. 
International Falls School Dist. 
Inver Grove Heights Schools 
Kasson-Mantorville School Dist. 
Lac qui Parle Valley School Dist. 
Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 
Lake of The Woods School Dist. 
Lanesboro Public School Dist. 
Mahtomedi Public School Dist. 
Minneota Public School Dist. 
Montevideo Public School Dist. 
Moorhead Public School Dist. 
Moose Lake Public School Dist. 
Ortonville Public Schools 
Osseo Public School Dist. 
Owatonna Public School Dist. 
Pillager Public School Dist. 
Pine City Public School Dist. 
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Redwood Area School Dist. 
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Sebeka Public School Dist. 
St. Francis Public School Dist. 
St. James Public School Dist. 
Stillwater Area Public School Dist. 
Upsala Public School Dist. 
Waseca Public School Dist. 
West St. Paul-Mendota Hts.-Eagan 
Willow River Public School Dist. 
Windom Public School Dist.
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