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Policy for Students without money for meals at Taylor Middle-High School.


The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal reporting requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances.

The intent of this policy is to establish uniform meal account procedures throughout Taylor Middle-High School. The provisions of this policy pertain to full pay and reduced-priced school lunch meals only. While the USDA Child Nutrition Program does not require that a full pay student or reduced-priced student be served a meal without payment, Taylor Middle-High School has established this policy as a courtesy to students without lunch money.

NOTE: This policy is school administration-based and may vary between schools.


A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of __5__ meals to their account at their normal meal price. Once a student has charged __5__ meals, he/she will be offered an alternate meal of a cheese sandwich and a juice at $.40, (substitutions will be made for documented food allergies), which will also be charged to the student’s meal account. 

Parents/Guardians are responsible for meal payment to School Way Café. Notices of deficit balances will be sent to parents/guardians at regular intervals during the school year.

Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via cash or with a check payable to Taylor Middle-High School or you can pay,. Please note this service does have a minimal fee. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for a student at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.

School Way Café uses computerized point of sale/cash register systems that maintain records of all monies deposited and spent for each student and said records are available by setting up an account at

No ala carte charges or purchased items are permitted for students with a negative balance.

If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the administration will investigate the situation more closely and take further action as needed. If financial hardship exists, parents and families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits for their child by visiting: to apply for meal benefits.

Currently, breakfast is complimentary to all students enrolled in Volusia County Schools; however, this service may be discontinued at any time.

School Way Cafe

Revised November 19, 2018

School Lunches

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

Pre-Payment Service

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.
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.

Apply for Free and/or Reduced Meals

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.