The Free/Reduced Lunch Application can be found in This application is now online. Paper applications are not available. When you click the MySchoolApps link above, read each page carefully. Answer all questions. You will not be able to complete the application if areas are skipped. The online application is a family application so all students must be added to the application and all people living in the household must be added to the application. You will need the Student ID number for each student on the application. Your application must be complete before you click “submit.” A notification letter will be sent to you as of the status of your application.

Application Link

Refund or Transfer Lunch Account Money

For Families requesting a refund from their child(ren) lunch account or transfer lunch money from one child to another, please click on the link below. Follow the instructions provided in each section. If you have any questions, please call the Food Service Department 847-464-5867.

Lunch Refund/Transfer Link


Central Community USD 301 Food Service is CASHLESS. We ask that all students have money entered on their lunch account through Starting on the first day of school, at all Central 301 schools, cashiers will not accept cash, checks, or credit cards to pay for student’s lunch.

MySchoolBucks Information

District 301 utilizes MySchoolBucks for student lunch account management. Click here to set up your free account. Choose Illinois, then Central Community USD 301. If you need assistance setting up your account, click here for detailed instructions.

Create your free MySchoolBucks account to conveniently and securely add money to your student’s lunch account online or with the mobile app. With MySchoolBucks you will be able to view cafeteria purchases, check your student’s balance, transfer money within your family, from one student to another and to receive low balance alerts. Please note that it may take 24 hours for transactions to be received in our system.

You will need your students’ ID number to sign up for the account. The ID number may be found in Skyward; open the + tab and click on ‘Student Information’. Your student’s ID number is listed as ‘Other ID’. If you have any problems, please contact your school office.

MySchoolBucks charges a convenience fee of $2.75 per transaction, which is charged to your account.  To compensate for this fee, Central 301 will add one free Value Meal to your child’s lunch account for deposits of $40 or more. Deposits must result in a positive balance of $40 or more to receive bonus meal.

MySchoolBucks offers OnePay, an annual savings pass offering more convenience and savings with reduced program fees.  OnePay is a discounted fee payment program for students’ lunch accounts.  OnePay allows parents/guardians to pay transaction fees upfront from their checking accounts (electronic check, not available for credit cards) with unlimited lunch account payments for 12 months.  Parents/Guardians can make as many lunch account payments as they want, in any amount – there are no spending limits.

How will OnePay benefit families?  When funds are put on students accounts monthly, you will pay 9 times per year = $22.41 in program fees.  OnePay offers the choice of 2 transaction fee payment packages:  

  1. A single student you will pay $12.95/year or 
  2. A family plan for $26.95/year  

Both packages provide great value for large families and those who fund their accounts frequently.  

How does OnePay work?

  • To take advantage of OnePay, parents/guardians must use their checking account for payment of their transaction fees.
  • Parents/Guardians select the OnePay option suitable for their family (Student or Family Plan) and pay the set amount.
  • Once this is paid, parents/guardians will not have to pay another transaction fee on their lunch account for 12 months.

If you need assistance with your account, you can find helpful how-to videos and answers to commonly asked questions by visiting You can contact MySchoolBucks directly by logging into your account to start a chat conversation or call them at (855) 832-5226

UPDATE: 11/27/2023

Beginning the week of November 27, some parents in your district will see a Fall 2023 Program Fee of $2.50 at their next transaction made on MySchoolBucks. This fee will be charged only in connection with the first payment made during November & December 2023.

Like many other businesses, operational costs to deliver the MySchoolBucks platform and related services have increased. The Fall 2023 Program Fee is intended to help offset increased costs while continuing to provide the highest levels of technology, security, and privacy to parents and administrators using our service. The fee also helps to cover increased costs associated with our commitment to providing personal, live customer service to your staff and parents, without your school district incurring any unbudgeted costs.

If you have any questions, please call our Admin Support line at 800.803.6755. Thank you for your partnership as we continue to transform MySchoolBucks into the most comprehensive and secure school commerce platform.

2023-2024 Lunch Prices

Paid Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary School $3.00
  • Middle School $3.10
  • High School $3.20

Reduced Lunch Price:

  • All Schools $0.40


  • All Schools $0.40 per 1/2 pint

Adult/Teacher Lunch Price

  • All Schools $3.75

Free & Reduced Lunch Program

The Free/Reduced Family Application for the 2023-2024 school year is available through MySchoolApps. A student’s eligibility for free or reduced priced lunches shall be determined by the Family Size / Income Guidelines set annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and distributed by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Each family submitting an application will be notified in writing of the application status.

La Solicitud Familiar Gratis / Reducida para el año escolar 2023-2024 está disponible a través de MySchoolApps.

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department @ 847-464-5867  or email:

Additional Information

Parents need to supply this form to their doctor for him/her to complete.  The doctor must list the foods to avoid and the appropriate substitution.   The doctor must sign the form.  Return the completed form to the school nurse.

Food products nutritional information, allergen information, and gluten free information can be found here