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Payments & Pricing

Access Your Child's Meal Account

SchoolCafé Website

National School Breakfast & Lunch Program

Effective July 1, 2022 free meals offered through Health & Senior Services Summer Feeding Program has been discontinued for School Year 2022-2023. See meal prices below.

The Carthage R-9 School District participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch program. Menus are derived from the new school meal requirements, composed from USDA's MYPLATE.

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Meal Payments

All meal account balances should remain positive at all times. Meal envelopes are available at all school sites. If sending a check please write check payable to “Carthage R-9 Food Service.” Include your child’s name on the memo line.

 Online meal account deposit is available through School Café on the district website. To set up an account, you will need your child’s school identification number (MOSIS number) which can be obtained from the school’s cashier. There is a charge of $2.95 per transaction to transfer funds from your bank to the student’s account. There is no fee associated with viewing the student’s meal account activity. Deposits made by 10:30 am will be credited in the child’s meal account that day. Deposits made with an e-check can take up to seven business days for transactions through PayPal. Questions concerning School Café can be directed to support at

(855) 832-5226 Monday-Friday 7:00-7:00 pm EST.

Negative Balances

If an account falls to a negative balance a robo test message will be sent to the primary parent/guardian daily. The school cashiers will notify the Junior and Senior High School students of a negative balance at the point of service. An alternative meal will be provided to students at the elementary and middle schools until the account is positive. Alternative meals are not offered at the junior and senior high schools.

Meal Options

  • Jr High School students can select from the following meal options:  Blue Tray, Build-A-Meal, Tiger’s Den and A La Carte.
  • High School students are offered a number of meal options through three serving lines: Blue Tray, Build-A-Meal, the Salad Bar and A La Carte. A La Carte items require money in the student’s meal account to purchase.
  • Students who participate in the free and reduced meal benefits can select from the Blue Tray, Build-A-Meal, a prepared salad, and Grab-n-Go options, but they will need money in their meal account to purchase items from A La Carte at the junior high school and high school.
  • Extra Milk: Students must have money in their meal account to purchase extra milk or milk only at all school sites.