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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 are $.40

You may fund lunch accounts by sending cash or a check to school with your child (made payable to the “Darien School Lunch program”).  Students can hand funds to any lunch cashier.  Please include your student's ID on checks and correspondence.  You can also add money online via our online payment system, MySchoolBucks.  Please see below for more information. 

First page of the PDF file: MySchoolBucksFlyer

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:

2022-23 Application for Free and Reduced-price School Meals or Free Milk 

For questions about the status of your application, please contact Danielle Powers.

Email: dpowers[at]darienps.org


What is included in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program?

One of the following meals:

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

Pizza - with or without topping

Garden Salad 

American Classics Basket (chicken tenders & fries, burger & fries, etc.) 

Regular-sized Deli sandwich with any sliced bread

All of these include a choice of low-fat milk or fat-free chocolate milk carton (not organic) and a piece of hand fruit. 

What is NOT included:

Second helpings

All "Large" sized meals

Any available add-ons: specialty bread or bacon at the deli, added meat or hardboiled egg at the salad bar

All breakfast sandwiches/wraps

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

All ineligible items will be charged at the regular price