Christine McGinnity-Hall

SWC Manager

Menus and Prices

Visit Meal Viewer to see our menus with nutritional and allergen information.

Our menus are analyzed for calories, fat, and sodium by age group and we comply with all nutritional requirements from the USDA and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

We offer complimentary breakfast to all students!

Student Lunch Prices All Grade Levels - Reduced-Price:  $.40 Elementary and Middle School - $2.00 High School - $2.25

Adults and non-enrolled children:  Breakfast - $2.00   Lunch - $3.50

Optional Online Pre-Payment Service Parents may prepay for student meals and snacks by using MySchoolBucks. Parents need their student’s 10-digit ID, found on the Parent Portal, to set up a MySchoolBucks account.

Creating a MySchoolBucks account and viewing student spending history is free. If parents wish to use the MySchoolBucks account to pay for student meals, there is a $2.49 per transaction fee.

Volusia County Schools subscribes to CheckRedi for the collection of Insufficient Funds Checks

Free or Reduced Meal Benefits

Families may apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits one of two ways:

Option A

Apply using the on-line ELECTRONIC Free/Reduced Family Application Form. It is mobile-friendly and accessible on all electronic devices.

  1. It’s easy to apply and only takes a few minutes 
    • Faster processing time
    • Safe and secure site 
  2. You MUST read the parent letter before completing the on-line application.
  3. 2019-2020 onlineparent letter or 2019-2020 Onlineparent letter SP
  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 (one per household)


Once you submit an application, it may take up to 10 days to process. After it’s processed, we will mail (USPS) you an Eligibility Notification letter stating your benefit to the address listed in your child’s school record. Keep this letter with your important papers.

Please note: Do not complete an on-line and a paper application (only choose one option). This will delay the approval process.

If your family qualifies for meal benefits, you may qualify for other programs such as: discounted Extended Day tuition, Summer Camp rates, SAT and ACT tests and more.

You may also qualify for a “Step Up for Students” scholarship (email [email protected] or call 877-735-7837) and low cost Health Insurance for your newborn through 18 year-old children.  Apply at


Free and Reduced Priced Health Care 

If you have children age newborn through 18, they  may qualify for free or low cost Health Insurance. 

You can either contact  Theresa Watson  at (386) 734-7190  Ext. 80516 or  [email protected] for application assistance or apply here for Florida KidCare on line.

2019-2020 Meal Charging Policy

School Meal Charge Policy

Charge Policy?/Alternate Meal 

The United States Department of Agriculture requires schools to inform parents and guardians of the their school’s Meal Charge Policy. All schools operating the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs must have a written and clearly communicated policy to ensure a consistent and transparent message.

Click here to view the policy:

Pre-Payment Option

Parents may now pre-pay by credit or debit card for student meals and ala'carte.

Please visit:  to participate or call 1-855-832-5226. 
In order for parents to create an account on myschoolbucks, 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.  


Q: How does my child get a lunch number?

A: Every student of Volusia County is issued a PIN from School Way Café upon enrollment. PINs must be used when students want to enjoy a breakfast, lunch or ala carte item from us.

Q: Does my child keep this lunch number throughout elementary, middle and high school?

A: Your child will keep the same PIN as long as he/she remains in the same school. If your child transfers to another school, he/she will be issued a new PIN. Students moving from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school also receive new PINs.

Q: It’s the end of the year and there is money in my child’s account. What should I do?

A: If your child is staying in Volusia County Schools, the account balance stays in the account to use the following school year.

Q: We are moving and my child will be attending another Volusia County school. There is money in my child’ s account. What should I do?

A: You may request a refund from the café manager at your child’s school. It is best to do this before you withdraw from the school. Requesting a refund after you withdraw your child will delay the refund.

Q: My child is going to middle school next year and has money in her account? Will the money transfer to middle school?

A: Yes.

Q: My child qualifies for free meals. I received a telephone call telling me my child owed the cafeteria money. How could this happen?

A: If your student purchased a meal before your application for free meals was approved, we are required to charge you full price, according to Federal Regulations.

Q: A company is calling me telling me my check was returned at my child’s school? Is this a legitimate call?

A: Yes, if the company is CheckRedi.
If you have a question or comment, please email: [email protected]