When it comes to school lunches, do you know what happens when your child runs out of money?

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Attorney – and mother – Jessica Webster says every parent should know what the alternatives or consequences are if their child’s lunch balance falls into the negative.

Starting July 1, a federal law will require that school districts across the nation make their policies on this issue crystal clear to parents and the state.

Webster says the law addresses the inconsistent practices at schools dealing with kids who run out of money for lunch.

"They throw out lunches, they stamp hands, they use rubber bands on hands for reminders, issue red and yellow cards and it varies from day to day, week to week, staff person to staff person," Webster said.

She says hopefully this new federal law will help put parents and school staff on the same page about what exactly happens when a child's account goes in the negative.