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Lunch Prepayment

Online Lunch Prepayment 

School Cafe
The Food Services Department now offers School Café (formerly ParentOnline) a safe and secure way to make online payments and view student meal account activity. This Point of Sale system lets parents prepay for the student's meal account. All students are assigned a confidential Lunch ID (located in PowerSchool) which they must use for every cafeteria purchase. Students may still pay with cash or their parents can send a check to the school cafeteria for prepayment, but every student must use their Lunch ID to process the purchase.

How to Prepay by Check

Parents who want to prepay their child's lunch account by check can send it with the following lunch form to the cafeteria staff at their child's school.

Questions or Concerns? If your question is about the Point of Sale program, your child's Lunch ID, or Acton-Boxborough Food Services, please read the Food Services FAQs (TBS) or send email to If you are having a problem setting up an account or with the School Café website, please contact SchoolCafé at

How to Prepay Online

Existing Accounts
If you have an existing ParentOnline account, you DO NOT need to create a new account in SchoolCafé—you can sign in with the same username and password that you used in ParentOnline. Also, all of your existing students, balances, cards, configurations, and settings remain the same. We wanted to make sure that your transition from ParentOnline to SchoolCafé is simple and seamless. Note: You'll also notice that previous ParentOnline references in emails, phone notifications, and bank statements will now reflect SchoolCafé.

New Accounts
If you do not have an existing account, create a new account by clicking SchoolCaféYou will need the following:

  • 4 digit Lunch ID#/Pin (located in PowerSchool) and
  • Student ID# (This is the number you use to set up your online emergency information in PowerSchool.)

If you are not sure what your number is, please contact the Food Services Department at (978) 264-4700x3221 or We will be happy to assist you!