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Free and Reduced Lunch Information

Apply using the on-line ELECTRONIC Free/Reduced Family Application Form. 
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Free and Reduced Meals

??Applying for Free and/or Reduced Meals?

There are two ways to apply for free and/or reduced meals: 

Option A

Apply using the on-line ELECTRONIC Free/Reduced Family Application Form.   

  1. It is easy to apply for Free/Reduced meals and it only takes a few minutes when you apply on-line. 

    *Processing time is faster when you apply on-line.

    *The site is a safe and secure site!  

  2. You MUST read the parent letter before completing the on-line application. 

  3. 2017-2018ParentLetterEnglish OR 2017-2018ParentLetterSpanish.pdf

  4. Apply Online (English) OR Apply Online (Spanish)   

Option B 

Apply for Free/Reduced meals on a paper application.   ?

  1. Visit your child's school to obtain a paper application.

  2. Return the completed application to your child's school. 

The processing of an application can take up to 10 operating days. Once you have submitted an application and it is processed, you will receive an Eligibility Notification letter with your child's meal status. The letter will be sent home with your child.  Please keep this eligibility letter with your important papers.  

Please note:  If you have submitted a paper application, DO NOT complete an on-line application.  THIS WILL DELAY YOUR APPROVAL PROCESS. 

Parents, if your family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program you may qualify for a “Step Up for Students” scholarship.  To find out more go to,  

For additional information email [email protected] or call 877-735-7837. 


Pre-Payment for School Meals and Ala Carte

On July 29, 2008, the school board approved a motion to enter into a contract with, an on-line credit card prepayment service for school meals. 

Parents may now pre-pay by credit or debit card for student meals and ala carte.  Please visit: to participate. 

In order for parents to create an account on, they must know their student's  ten digit customer ID number.  Parents can retrieve the ID number from a tab on their Parent Portal accounts, labeled SW Café.  This is a web-based service that requires little interaction with the café manager.

The  ParentPortal is a tool designed to enhance the communication and involvement of parents in their child's education  in Volusia County Schools. In addition to guiding you to your child's prepaid lunch account, the ParentPortal will allow you to monitor your child's progress in school by providing Internet access to grades, attendance, discipline, academic history, graduation verification, and standardized test results in a secure password protected environment.  Contact your school to sign up for ParentPortal.

Please note:  There is no fee for parents to set up an account and view a meal history.  If parents wish to use mySchoolBucks for pre-payment, there is a $1.95 per transaction fee.

No Charge Policy School Way Cafe

Policy for Students without money for meals at University High School

I.       Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal reporting requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances.

 The intent of this policy is to establish uniform meal account procedures throughout University High School. The provisions of this policy pertain to full pay and reduced-priced school lunch meals only. NOTE: This policy is school administration-based and may vary between schools.

II.    Policy

Students are not permitted to charge meals or a la carte items. .

 Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via cash or with a check payable to ­­­–University High School/SWC or you can pay,. Please note this service does have a minimal fee. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for a student at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.

 School Way Café uses computerized point of sale/cash register systems that maintain records of all monies deposited and spent for each student and said records are available by setting up an account at .

 If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the administration will investigate the situation more closely and take further action as needed. If financial hardship exists, parents and families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits for their child by visiting: to apply for meal benefits.

Currently, breakfast is complimentary to all students enrolled in Volusia County Schools; however, this service may be discontinued at any time.