They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, and that is literally the case in Pender county. Pender county school officials are threatening to stop feeding high school and middle school students whose parents owe the system lunch money. Pender county schools, just like many other school systems, have a debit type program in which kids can charge their lunches to their accounts. In the past, the schools have been giving the students lunches even though they have a balance due. Each year, school systems are audited, and this year Pender county schools were told to get their dining services budget under control. The schools have been giving out lunches to students who owe the system money. Now school officials are sending out these letters warning parents that if they don't pay up, their kids won't eat.