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Paying For Lunch

"Create" Daily Hot Meal Prices:

Elementary School: $3.55

Middle School: $3.75

High School: $3.75-$4.75 and a la carte pricing

All reduced price lunches $.40

You may fund lunch accounts by sending a check to school with your child (made payable to “Darien School Lunch program”) or by using the K12 Payment Center


Negative Balances 

The cafeteria will never deny your child a meal, even if the account is negative, but the following limitations will apply: 

  • Elementary School - When a student’s account is at negative $20 or more, the child will not be allowed to charge any snacks, drinks or a la carte items on their account.
  • Middle School - When a student’s account is at negative $20 or more, the child will not be allowed to charge any snacks, drinks or a la carte items on their account. 
  • High School - When a student’s account is at negative $25 or more, the child will not be allowed to charge any snacks, drinks or a la carte items on their account.

Free and Reduced Lunch Program Applications can be found here:

2021-22 Application for Free and Reduced-price School Meals or Free Milk (English)

2021-22 Application for Free and Reduced-price School Meals or Free Milk (Spanish)

For questions about the status of your application, please contact Kate Barbieri

Email kbarbieri[at]darienps.org


What is included in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program?

Regular sized "create" meal - this is the daily rotating hot lunch

Pizza

Garden Salad from salad bar or to go box

(DHS) American Classics Basket (chicken tenders & fries, burger & fries) 

Regular sized Deli sandwich 

All of these include choice of low fat milk or fat free chocolate milk carton and a piece of hand fruit. 

What is not included:

All a la carte items such as snacks, beverages and items that are not considered a full meal (e.g. a side of fries, chicken tenders).