State law establishes a policy regarding unpaid meal charges that prohibits shaming and/or denying meals.
Texas Education Code Sec. 33.908. GRACE PERIOD POLICY FOR EXHAUSTED OR INSUFFICIENT MEAL CARD OR ACCOUNT BALANCE.
The board of trustees of a school district that allows students to use a prepaid meal card or account to purchase meals served at schools in the district shall adopt a grace period policy regarding the use of the cards or accounts. The policy:
(1) must allow a student whose meal card or account balance is exhausted or insufficient to continue, for a period determined by the board, to purchase meals by:
- (A) accumulating a negative balance on the student’s card or account; or
- (B) otherwise receiving an extension of credit from the district; (2) must require the district to notify the parent of or person standing in parental relation to the student that the student’s meal card or account balance is exhausted; (3) may not permit the district to charge a fee or interest in connection with meals purchased under Subdivision (1); and (4) may permit the district to set a schedule for repayment on the account balance as part of the notice to the parent or person standing in parental relation to the student