posted on Sep, 11 2006 @ 02:50 AM
My high school had such a program as early as 1992... the card could be used for prepaid cafeteria meal plans, or as a debit card for ala carte meals
and snacks from the vending machines.
As well, those kids on welfare were setup with meal plan accounts, and didn't appear to be any different than the 'normal' kids. No embarrassment
factor, I imagine.
Even better (for the parents, at least) the accounts could be set up by the parents to not be usable at the vending machines.
Worked pretty well... and I never heard of cards being stolen and abused.