Applications & Payments
ONLINE LUNCH PAYMENT
Parents can now use a secure online payment portal to put funds into their children's school meal account in real time and view student meal activity. Payments are made instantaneously to the Point of Sale terminal. All adjustments and transactions can be viewed by the parent.
Visit My School Bucks to set up your new online payment account.
Free and Reduced Meals
DCS participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs which provide families with significant benefits to help save money. Qualification is based on family size and income, and enrollment is confidential. All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can get free meals regardless of income, and students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Those eligible for reduced-price meals pay $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.
APPLICATIONS for the 2020-21 school year are available at your child's school. For a quicker option, you may apply online by visiting My School Apps.
It is not necessary to submit a paper application if you apply online.
Please submit only one application per household.
Families that need computer or language assistance to apply, please contact your child’s school.
For further information and instructions on completing applications for free or reduced meals, see How to Apply.
View the federal income eligibility guidelines.
Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)
Families must submit a new application every school year.
During the first 30 school days, students with free and reduced-price meal eligibility from the prior school year will be carried over.
Any student who has not filled out an application up to the 30th school day will have their prior-year status changed to full pay status until a new application is received. Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to fill out the applications as soon as possible. Also, it is very important that applications are filled out correctly.
If you have additional questions regarding the Free and Reduced Meal program, please review our FAQ Section.
Participation in the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program qualifies students for the following opportunities:
Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to apply for the Free and Reduced Meal Program, but am concerned that my student may get embarrassed if the teachers or other students learn that we need assistance. How can this be avoided?
My student was eligible for free meals last year. Do I need to apply this year?
When can I apply?
My child brought home a Free and Reduced Meal Program Application and said I must complete and return it to school. Are all families/households required to fill out the application?
Why was my student’s application determined to not be eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal program?
My family situation has changed. Can I reapply to the Free and Reduced Meal program?
I lost my copy of the Free and Reduced Meal Program eligibility notice I received. How can I obtain a copy so that I can apply for other benefits?
Will the information I submit be checked?
Who should I include as members of my household?
What if my income is not always the same?
Can foster children get free meals?
Can homeless, runaway, Head Start, and migrant children get free meals?
I get WIC. Can my children get free meals?
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U. S. citizen?
We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income?
My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is their combat pay counted as income?
What if I disagree with the decision about my application?