Pre-Payment Options

Prices (once school resumes)

Under the CEP Program, all students (In-Person and Virtual) will eat breakfast and lunch for free!

    • Meals that meet the above requirements are FREE. Meals that do not will be charged at individual prices. 
    • Virtual students will be provided meals also. You must sign up for online ordering (see below instructions) and pick up meals weekly. No delivery service will be provided. 
    • This program saves your pocket book, so please encourage your student to participate! 


    • Every day we will provide both hot and cold breakfast options including fruit, juice and milk.
    • Extra item costs:     Unfortunately at this time, no extra items will be available to be sold.
    • Even if your student is not hungry, encourage them to take 3 items. Many items can be used as a snack for later in the day!

BREAKFAST PROVIDES BENEFITS.... MAKE IT A PRIORITY                                      

  1. Higher Test Scores-  Research has proven that children who eat breakfast have higher math and reading scores.
  2. Improved Attendance- Studies show that students who eat breakfast are absent and tardy less often.
  3. Fewer Trips to the School Nurse- When Students eat breakfast, nurses report fewer hunger related office visits. 
  4. Improved Classroom Behavior-  Students are better able to pay attention in class when they have eaten. Principals confirm that they see fewer discipline problems when students have eaten breakfast. 
  5. Better Learning-  Students learn best when they have eaten a good breakfast. 
  6. More time on Learning- When students have eaten, they are better able to concentrate and behave in the classroom. This allows teachers to spend more time on teaching and less time on discipline. 



    • Meals are FREE as long as they take the required items to make  a reimbursable meal.  If they do not, then items are charged at individual prices.
    • Students coming to lunch should stop at the restroom to wash their hands before eating. Hand sanitizer will also be available as they enter the cafeteria.
    • Every day we will provide both hot and cold lunch options including diced & fresh fruit, hot and cold vegetables, and milk.
    • Extra item costs:  Only allowed 1 entrée with combo meals. Extra Entrée will be charged at $1.50. Only 1 juice and 1 milk are allowed. Extras will be charged at $0.45
    • Your student may always choose to pay the individual price for an item, if they do not want 3 items or would like an extra entrée.


How do I pay my students’ lunch bill?

  1. Cash (preferably in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, amount enclosed, and labeled food service)
  2. Personal Check - Please make the check out to Merrill Community Schools and note: Lunch money and your students name in the memo.
  3. Through Online Ordering - Online ordering is directly linked to You must have an account created with sendmoneytoschool to assess this option. 
    • You can create your child an account with their student id number, where you may prepay online with a credit/debit card.
    • You may also set up options that you may not want your child to have the ability to pay for with this money (Example: Anything that costs extra like a second milk, a second entrée, or snacks from the snack cart) 
    • You still have the option to give your child cash on a daily basis, if needed. 
    • You may view all deposits/purchases made to your students account.

If my student has a balance from last year, do I still have to pay it?

Yes! Any charges to your student’s account from last year are charges that you are responsible for paying.  All meals going forward are free. All charges to their account will only be for extra items, individually priced items or snack cart items.


Snack Cart/Extra Items (Ala Carte)

  • Students may not charge extra items (Ala Carte) items, this includes milk. Students must purchase a complete meal in order to receive their benefit (Milk alone will cost $.45).

EXAMPLE: Your student is eligible for free lunch, however decides to bring a lunch, but also wants to get a milk. The milk will be charged at $0.45 because in order for it to qualify as a reimbursable lunch, they must take 3 items.

  • Some items are considered ala cart if they are purchased over and above the allotted lunch items that qualify as a reimbursable lunch. EXAMPLE: A student grabs 2 pieces of pizza (Only 1 piece is allowed in a reimbursable meal) so the 2nd piece would be charged as $1.50 to the students account. 
  • All items will be prepackaged, however once a student has touched the item it is theirs and may not put it back due to covid protocols, therefore a charge will occur even if the student says they did not know that they were only allowed one item.

Elementary Snack Cart (Will be starting on Oct 12th)

  • Snack items are priced at $0.25 -$0.50 each.
  • Snack purchases are limited to a total of $1.00 per day 
  • The student must have cash or permission slip to purchase.

Middle/High School Snack Cart 

  • Not available as of yet. Hopefully it will be available soon. We will send a notification when we have it up and running.
  • Assortment of snacks and beverages are sold at lunch.
  • The student must have cash or permission slip to purchase.

Snack & Ala Carte Permission Slip

  • If you want your student to be able to use the money on their account for extra items (ala carte) or snack purchase, they must have a signed permission slip or cash in hand at the time of purchase. 
  • If you have filled out a permission slip last year and you WANT your student to still have this privilege, you do not need to fill out another. 
  • If you have filled out a permission slip last year and you DO NOT WANT your student to still have this privilege, please check the appropriate box and return to the school's main office. 
  • If at any time, you would like to see your students purchases and deposits, just log into your students send money to school account and you can see all purchases/deposits made.

Send Check or Cash

You can always bring money personally or send it with your student. Please place it in an envelope marked clearly with your student's name, their ID #, their teacher's name, the $ amount and the check #. Turn in prepaid deposits to the cafeteria cashier(s) or school office.

Download and Print Out a pre-formatted #10 Envelope for making Deposits

If you choose to bring money to school personally or send it with your student, please put it in an envelope clearly marked with the student's first and last name, their ID #, their teacher's name, and the amount enclosed.