Food Service

Meal Prices 2020-2021

Meal Prices for 2020-2021 are as follows:

  • Lunch (High School) $2.70

  • Lunch (K-8) $2.45

  • Breakfast (K-12) $1.50

  • Adult Lunch $3.25

  • Adult Breakfast $2.00

  • Milk $.40

  • Semester Milk $30


2021 - 2022 Free/Reduced Meal Application Form


A La Carte Pricing

A La Carte Prices are set using a  calculation from  the USDA and posted in the food lines.


The USDA requires that each School Food Authority limit competitive foods to encourage consumption of the reimbursable meals.The prices should be set high enough to encourage students to select the reimbursable school lunch or breakfast, and the price must recover all costs involved in the item including labor, overhead, paper supplies, value of USDA – donated foods used in preparation, and should reflect a profit on the item.


Smart Snacks in Schools

The USDA has established nutrition standards that took effect on July 1, 2014 that will impact ALL food and beverages SOLD to STUDENTS on the school campus during the school day including the following: A la carte in the cafeteria, vending machines and fund raiser food.

These new government mandates have forced us to eliminate several foods and change portion sizes and brands to make them compliant.  Products can be checked for compliance at the link below.

Smart Snack Calculator


Offer vs. Serve Explanation


National School Lunch Program

Mercer County School District is a participant in “Offer vs. Serve” in the National School Lunch Program.  Offer vs. Serve allows students to decline some of the food offered in a reimbursable meal to reduce food waste by choosing the foods that they actually want to eat.  

A reimbursable lunch menu consists of 5 offered components which are set by the new USDA meal pattern in certain varieties and portion sizes determined by student age.

  • Meat/Meat Alternate minimum

  • Grain minimum  

  • Vegetable

  • Fruit

  • Fluid Milk

For a meal to be reimbursable, it must contain three of the five components, one of which MUST be a fruit or a vegetable component.  (Before the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, there was not a specification on which components were chosen).  If there aren’t enough components, the food items will have to be charged as “a la carte”, which is more expensive for the student, and not reimbursable as a “Free” or “Reduced” meal.


Decline options: 
Students are allowed to decline 2 of 5 food components but must select at least ½ cup of either a fruit or vegetable. 
Reducing portions
Fruit or vegetable may be reduced to ½ planned portions. Students must select other food components in quantities planned. 

If a student wishes to decline a specific menu item, they should let the server know before they plate up the food, otherwise, the full menu amount will be served.  Hopefully this will allow students to take what they want and avoid food waste while still following the USDA guidelines for the Meal Pattern.




We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended the Summer Meal Programs through the end of the 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!! 

This means that ALL ENROLLED Mercer County School District students will receive FREE meals effective IMMEDIATELY!! 


 If you are a remote learner and would like to begin to receive free meals, please call your child’s school asap.   Curbside pick-up locations are available at NBE, APOLLO, MCIS, and MCJH between 1:00pm-1:30pm, Monday-Friday.

Nondiscrimination: In the operation of USDA Child Nutrition programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. If you feel you have been, please call (309) 582-2238.

Start your day off with Breakfast!
Breakfast is served at all 5 buildings beginning at 7:30 a.m.