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Meal Pricing & Payments

Meal Prices & Payment Options

Student meals are priced based on our participation in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Like years past, meals will be priced on a tiered scale based on free and reduced-price meal status.

We encourage all families who believe they may be eligible to apply for free and reduced-price meals. Applications are available annually on August 1. Beyond meals, there are many cost-saving benefits for those who are approved, including free or reduced-price school fees, summer camp programming, internet access, and more! Meal prices are as follows:

Breakfast (available in all buildings)
$2.25 $0.30 $0.00
Elementary Lunch (K-5)
$3.50 $0.40 $0.00
Middle School Lunch (6-8)
$3.75 $0.40 $0.00

Price: $0.60 (when purchased ala carte and not part of a complete meal)

Payment Options

Prepaid accounts help the meal lines go faster and give students more time to eat, relax, and play. It also gives parents and guardians the peace of mind of not having to worry about looking for lunch money every day or that it might get lost, stolen, or used for things other than lunch.

Online Payments

District 65 partners with MySchoolBucks to offer a convenient, secure solution to paying for school meals, tracking meal history, and setting up low balance notifications.

Video Tutorials

Pay Online at


Payment by Cash or Check

Please make sure that payment is sent in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child's name, the teacher's name or homeroom number, and "School Meals".

Checks can be made out to "District 65 Nutrition Services." Pre-paid deposits should be given to the child's teacher or directly to Nutrition Services Staff. Middle school students can hand payments directly to cashiers.

What happens to any remaining funds at the end of the school year?

Any funds remaining at the end of the school year are rolled over into the student's meal account for the upcoming year. For eighth grade graduates or students that are not returning to the district, parents/guardians may request that any leftover funds be transferred to a sibling or provided via a refund. Please note: No refunds will be given for amounts less than $5.

The deadline to request refunds or transfers is July 31 for the prior school year only. Previous years account balances will not be refunded. 

Requests for transfers or reimbursement can be sent to the Nutrition Services Department at