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FMCUSD sees decrease in unpaid lunches

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A Southeast Iowa school district has seen a dramatic decline in unpaid lunches.

This comes after the state mandated all schools develop an alternate meal policy in July 2017.

This time last year the Fort Madison School District unpaid balance was $6,000.

Right now it's just over $958.

Fort Madison School District Superintendent Erin Slater says, "The outcome of the policy has made community and families more aware of their balances. We believe the constant communication with families regarding their balance has been most effective."

The alternate policy goes into effect when an account reaches negative $10.

The alternate lunch option is a cheese sandwich.

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