MCPS schools offer breakfast and lunch, and students can either purchase meals at the school cafeteria or bring food to
Students will set up an account to purchase food when first registering at school. This account has a personal
identification number (PIN). When purchasing food, the student must enter the PIN on a keypad, or scan his/her school
photo ID. That allows the cost of any food items to be subtracted from money in their account.
Deposits into the account can be made by cash or check by students and parents, or through the online system.
Parents who can't afford to purchase school meals can apply for a program that allows students to get lunch and
breakfast for free, or at a low cost. Qualification for the program is based upon family size and income. An
application will be given to parents when first registering their child at school. Participation in the program is kept
If a student has allergies or special dietary needs, parents should talk with the cafeteria manager and school nurse. If
a medical condition is involved, the school nurse will provide a form to be completed by the child's doctor.