Cafeteria Account FAQs

  • ImageMust I deposit money in my student’s account? No, this is an optional program strictly for your convenience. If you prefer to send cash with your student, you may continue to do so. 

    Is there a set amount of money I should put into the account?
     No, you may deposit as much or as little as you like. 

    Can I limit the items my child may purchase? 
     We encourage moderation, not elimination of snack foods and other treats.  You will have to discuss your "House Rules" with your child.  Parents are able to monitor daily student purchases online at 

    How will I know when my child’s account is running low?
     The cash register system will be able to tell us that your child’s balance is getting low, and the cashier will remind the child.  Parents can also view student balances on-line and set up automatic low-balance email reminders at  

    What is a complete meal? A complete meal is our offering as indicated on the weekly menu, including servings of protein, bread, vegetable, fruit and milk.  Students may choose any one of several entree items offered each day, along with a serving of fruit, vegetable and milk.  Federal guidelines dictate that the student must take a fruit or a vegetable to qualify as a complete meal.  We can offer this complete meal because it is subsidized by the federal government to keep meal prices low to students. If a student wants additional items, he or she is charged accordingly. 

    How do I put money into my student’s account?
      You may send a check or cash with your student to give directly to the cashier in the cafeteria or checks may be mailed to Arlington School Lunch Fund, PO Box 127, LaGrangeville, NY 12540. Checks should be made payable to “Arlington School Lunch Fund.” Please write your child’s first and last name and PIN number on the check so we will be sure that it gets credited to the correct account. An optional on-line credit card payment system is available for a small fee.  Click here for more information

    Why must students use their PIN number when paying cash?
     If all students use their PIN number for all transactions, including when paying cash, the lines will move faster because the cash register system requires less information from the cashier if a PIN number is used at the beginning of the order. Security issues are also more easily resolved when all students use a PIN number. 

    What if my student forgets their PIN number?
     If a student forgets his/her PIN number, they should ask to speak to the cafeteria manager, who will be able to assist them.