2020-2021 Procedures Video

Please click here to view information about how lunch service will work this school year.


Application Link

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.

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 $2.49 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.

**New this year…MySchoolBucks now 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 myschoolbucks.com. You can contact MySchoolBucks directly by logging into your account to start a chat conversation or call them at (855) 832-5226

2020-2021 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 2020-2021 school year is available here.  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.

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Completed Free/Reduced Family Applications for the 2020-2021 school year can be sent to:  Food Service Department, Prairie Knolls Middle School, 225 Nesler Rd., Elgin, IL  60124

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department @ 847-464-6043  ext. 8110 or email: pamela.mirenda@central301.net

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.


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