Schools trade lunch money for cash card
Lunch money card gives more control over how students' money is spent
Students in three P.E.I. schools can now pay for lunch with a pre-paid card.
The new pilot program began Monday at Stonepark Intermediate, East Wiltshire and Hernewood Intermediate schools. The Zipthru card is offered by Chartwells, a company that runs some P.E.I. school cafeterias.
"It gives a little bit more control over where the purchases are being done and how the money's being spent, and it allows a mechanism for them to follow those purchases as well," said Stonepark principal Norman Beck.
The students go online, purchase a credit and then go to the school and use what's similar to a bank card.
''There are more healthier choices here that we have available for students and we certainly like to promote them and this might be a way of just getting at that a little bit easier,'' said Beck.
The principal said parents have been asking for a program like this for a while.