Meal Prices & Policies

Students in cafeteria eating lunch

DPS Food and Nutrition Services has procedures for charging for second meals when students do not have money in their school account, unpaid meal balances and and issuing refunds.

Meal Prices

A complete Breakfast and Lunch will be offered free of charge to students during the 2023-2024 school year. 

Second entrees and any a la carte items may be purchased with cash or using a student’s MySchoolBucks account.  Adult meals are available for $3.00 for breakfast and $5.00 for lunch.

All DPS families are encouraged to complete a You Benefit! form to receive other benefits, including fee waivers, P-EBT, and to maximize funding for the district and for additional funding for your child’s school.

A La Carte Pricing

Additional items from the daily menu, as well as selected other foods, juice and water beverages that comply with the USDA Smart Snacks in School standards may be purchased as an a la carte item to compliment school meals or meals brought from home.

All extra purchases require funds to be available (in My School Bucks or cash) at the time of purchase.

Adult Meals

Adult may not receive meals at no charge because the Food Services Department  receives federal and state reimbursement money for each meal served to students that meets regulatory requirements. No reimbursement is available for adult meals. Adults may purchase a meal or individualized items and do not have to follow the same meal pattern as students. Adult portion sizes are the same as students.

Charge Policy

Because hunger is an impediment to learning, no child shall be denied a complete school meal. Children will be offered a complete breakfast and lunch that meets the United States Department of Agriculture nutrition standards for school meals and is the same offered to all other students.

Note: Families are required to pay any unpaid meal amounts accrued for second meals served to their children

Negative Meal Balances

To ensure that households are aware of negative account balances Food and Nutrition Services will:

  • Send negative balance letters to households;

  • Use automated notification system to notify guardians of negative balances

Unpaid Meal Balances

All communication regarding unpaid meal amounts will be directed to parents or guardians. Any household with a negative school meal account balance will be contacted by school staff using email, phone, or letter home to bring the student’s meal account current, and recommendation will be made to add funds to the student’s online meal account (

Refund Policy

Balances remaining in a student’s account at the end of the school year will carry over to the next school year. If the student moves to a new building, the balance will transfer. If you would like to have the money refunded please click here to submit the refund request electronically.

If you need additional assistance, please email Food Services.