Policies and Procedures


Breakfast is free for all DCPS students. Breakfast meals are available to students arriving at Oyster-Adams between 8:10 and 8:30am (also for those enrolled in Before Care).

Lunch is $3.00 for all grades. Families will need to load money into their child's MySchoolBucks account to pay for lunch. Families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals, based on household income and family size. Complete the online SY2023-2024 Free and Reduced-Price Meal (FARM) application to see if your family qualifies.

If you prefer, you can send your student to school with a packed lunch.

How to Pay for School Lunch?

Student Meal Payment

Students' meal accounts function as a debit account. When a student goes through the lunch line to receive a meal at non-CEP schools, they give the cafeteria manager their name or student ID number. The cost of the meal is the deducted from their student meal account (no charge at CEP schools).

If there are insufficient funds in the student's meal account, the student still receives a meal, and the student meal account will show a negative balance with the associated cost.

You can add funds to your students' meal account in two ways:

  1. Pay with a credit or debit card by creating an account at MySchoolBucks.com; an online prepayment service used by DCPS FNS

    1. Set up SMART PAY to automatically add money to your student's account whenever it reaches a low balance.
    2. Receive low balance notifications to remind you when funds are low
    3. Please note there is a service charge of $2.49 per transaction for MySchoolBucks
  2. By sending a check or money order made payable to the DC Treasurer to the following address*:

    DCPS Food and Nutrition Services
    ATTN: Nadine James, Meal Accounts
    1200 First Street, NE, 9th Floor.
    Washington, DC 20002

    *The student ID




2801 Calvert St. NW
Washington DC, 20008
(202) 671-6130
(202) 671-3087




2501 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 673-7311
(202) 673-6500

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