Meal Prices and Menus

All students receive breakfast at no cost.


  • Regular Price: $2.80
  • Reduced Price: $0.40


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Go to and click on “Enroll Now.”

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Purchasing School Meals

The school cafeterias use a computerized cash register system. Every student in Montgomery County schools has an account to use. All students have a PIN (personalized identification number). To access the account at mealtime, a student enters his/her PIN on a keypad. At high schools with photo identification systems, the student passes his/her student ID card through a card reader. Once the account is accessed, all students use the system in the same way. When a cashier rings up breakfast, lunch or a la carte items, the total amount of the sale is deducted from the prepaid balance in the account. When a student owes money or does not have enough on the account, the student may pay with cash at the time of purchase.

Deposits into the account can be made by any student. The system is programmed to know which students are eligible for free and reduced price meals. A student’s status is always confidential. Students eligible for reduced price meals may prepay or pay with cash at the time of purchase.

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Advantages of the School Meals Account

  • School meals are convenient, economical and healthy. Today’s families are busy and a school meal account provides a quick option for providing a well balanced meal.
  • Funds deposited on a student’s account eliminate carrying lunch money every day.
  • All purchases are tracked and an account history can be requested if there is a need to check how money is being spent.
  • Money can be placed on the account to ensure that a child does not go without a meal if lunch money or a bag lunch is forgotten at home.
  • Students can benefit educationally by learning how to manage their own account balance.

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How to Make Prepayments

  • Any amount can be deposited into the student’s account. Meals and a la carte items are deducted from the account only at the time of purchase. The school meals account is not a credit system and checks are the best way to make a deposit. Write the student’s name and PIN number of the front of the check and make it payable to the school cafeteria. Checks can be given to the cafeteria manager or cashier. Prepayments made prior to mealtime helps keep serving lines running smoothly. Returned checks will be subject to a $35.00 service charge.
  • Prepayments can be made monthly, weekly or daily. Mid-week is a good time to add money to the account. A prepayment form is included for your convenience.
  • If you have more than one child in school, you can write a check for all your children who attend the same school. Be sure to write each student’s name and PIN on the check so that it can be properly credited. Please indicate the deposit amount for each student next to the name.

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Account Balances

At the start of the school year, account balances from the previous year follow the student to the school in Montgomery County where the student is enrolled. Any money left on the account from the previous year will be available for the new school year. Students returning to the same school keep the same PIN. When a student enters a different Montgomery County school from the last year, the student receives a new PIN.

If a student transfers to another school in Montgomery County during the school year, the student or parent should notify the cafeteria manager so that any account balance can be transferred to the new school. When a student transfers to another Montgomery County school, the student receives a new PIN. After transferring, check with the cafeteria manager to find out the new PIN.

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Free and Reduced Meals

Students may qualify for free or reduced price meals based on family size and gross income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Food Stamps or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits. Foster children are automatically eligible (upon receiving a completed application).

Students qualify for free or reduced price meals by completing an Application for Free & Reduced-Price Meals. There is an application sent home with the youngest child in the family at the beginning of the school year. Students/families can also pick up a blank application at any MCPS school. One application should be filled out for each household, listing all household members (each foster child must be on their own individual application).

Once the application is filled out, it can be returned to any MCPS school or returned directly to the Division of Food and Nutrition Services in-person or via US Mail for processing. The information is entered into a meal application system and an Action-Taken Notice is printed and returned to the school to be sent home with the student. This notifies the families/households of their eligibility status.

Address to return completed meal application forms directly:

Division of Food and Nutrition Services
Montgomery County Public Schools
16644 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD 20855

Students/families can apply at any time during the school year.

You may contact the Food and Nutrition office directly at 301-284-4900.

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