In our continuing effort to provide parents with the absolute best service, we have upgraded This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE!

How does the prepaid system work?
The computerized system uses the student I.D. card to allow students and parents to establish a prepaid account. The account may be used for breakfast, lunch and a la carte service. At the end of the cafeteria line, after the student has selected his/her meal choices, he/she will need to present the student identification card to the cashier.

How is the prepaid account established?
There are several ways to establish a prepaid account for your students:

By check or cash – NEW for 2016.17: Pay by electronic check on or, to establish a prepaid account for your student by check or cash, a form is included below. Additional forms may be picked up in the school cafeteria or can be printed from the food service department website, under District Departments, Food and Nutrition Service Tab. Complete the form and send it with cash or a check payable to your student's school cafeteria. Hand in to any food service cashier.

By credit card – To set up an online account at, go to and click on “register for an account”.  Follow the instructions given to set up your student’s account. A convenience fee of $1.95 will be added to your credit card for each deposit made per site. If you have more than one student in the same school, you will be charged only one fee of $1.95 if funds are deposited into each of your students’ accounts during the same transaction session. For assistance in setting up or using an account, contact the support team at 1-855-832-5226.

How long does it take to post funds to a prepaid account?
Payments made using checks or cash will be credited to your student’s account by the next business day.
Payments made using credit cards at are generally credited to your student’s account within 24 hours. 
What cards are accepted for online prepayment?
Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards are accepted as forms of payment.

How safe is my credit card information?
Information is stored with the website. To ensure the protection of all information stored on the website, all online transactions for MySchoolBucks are handled with industry standard SSL encryption certified by VeriSign.  Additional detailed information can be found on the home page.

What happens when a prepaid account reaches a zero balance?
The food service cashier will alert a student when the balance is at or below $5.00. No credit will be extended. Students with a zero balance must pay cash for their meals until their account is re-established. Students may ask for the status of their account balance from a cashier any time a transaction is made in the cafeteria. If you are using the online system, you will be notified by e-mail when your student’s account is low.

Can students charge meals with their student I.D.?
No. This is not a credit system designed to develop a bill to be paid at a later date.

Can students receive refunds?
Regardless of the method of payment, refunds of unused funds will be made by district check to parents only, upon written request. Cash refunds will not be made to students. Unused funds will carry over to the next school year for returning students. Parents can also request in writing to have unused balances transferred to another District 214 sibling. Please send an email to to request a refund.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Food and Nutrition Services at 847-718-7638 or 847-718-7639.
Thank You!

AcrobatPDF36x36 Prepayment Form for School Food Services