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Meal Information

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending free meals throughout the ENTIRE 2020-2021 school year.  Free meals include breakfast and lunch but do not include a la carte items, extra milk, or second lunches. 
Revised Free Meal Service Information - English
Revised Free Meal Service Information - Spanish

Due to a staffing shortage, adjustments may be made to the May menus. We will still provide nutritious meals. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the kitchen manager for details on the menu.

Beginning Wednesday, February 3, 2021 pickup for the Virtual Online Meals will be on Wednesdays only. Families will receive one week of breakfast and lunch meals.

A partir del miércoles 3 de febrero de 2021, la recogida de las comidas virtuales en línea será solo los miércoles. Las familias recibirán una semana de desayuno y almuerzo.


Free and Reduced Lunch Information:  The Application for Free and Reduced Priced School Meals must be completed by families annually. If your child received free or reduced-price school meals in the previous school year, you must resubmit an application if you want to continue on the program. You may complete a paper application by clicking the link below, or you may submit an application online using SchoolCafe. Click here to apply online. If you need assistance in completing the online application, please watch this short video.

Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals
Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals (Spanish)

Free/Reduced Request for Information
Free/Reduced Request for Information (Spanish)


Access Your Child's Lunch Account:

Click here to access your child's lunch account:

School Cafe Tutorial Videos:


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.

Meal Pricing: 

Type      Breakfast Lunch
K-6 $1.05 $1.90
7-12 $1.10 $2.00
Reduced $0.25 $0.40
Adult $1.40 $2.75
Adult Salad Bar   $3.00    
Sibling $1.10 $1.90
Milk $0.35 $0.35


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, and include your child’s name on the memo line.   On-line meal account deposit is available through School Cafe 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 the bank to the student's account.  There is no fee associated with viewing the student's meal account activity.  Deposits made by 10:30 a.m. 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 the School Cafe can be directed to email support at 1(855) 832-5226 Monday-Friday 7-7 p.m. EST.

Negative Balances

If an account falls to a negative balance, a notice will be sent home with the student daily until the account becomes positive. 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

  • Junior and Senior High School students are offered a number of meal options through three serving lines: Blue Tray, Build-A-Meal and A La Carte.  
  • 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 and Senior High Schools.
  • Extra Milk:  Students must have money in their meal account to purchase extra milk or milk only at all school sites.