Burris Cafeteria

  • The Burris cafeteria provides nutritionally balanced meals and encourages our students to choose healthy food items. 

    To teach students to make healthy choices, the cafeteria plans opportunities that include activity pages, food sampling, nutrition programs, and annual National Nutritional Month events in March.

    Students eating breakfast in the cafeteria should enter through Door 9 on the west side of the building, adjacent to the metered R20 parking lot.

    Burris Bucks

    Cafeteria Hours

    • Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:00 A.M.
    • Lunch: 10:30 A.M. – 1:20 P.M.
    • The Snack Zone: 8:00 – 10:30 A.M. and 12:00 – 1:20 P.M.

    The Perfect Tray (Full Meals)

    The price of a full, nutritious meal or “Perfect Tray” is often cheaper than a la cart pricing. Typically our cashier will ask students to go back in line to pick up the right items to make a Perfect Tray. Remember that if they choose not to do so, they will be charged a la cart pricing for each item.

    What is a Perfect Tray?

    Breakfast must include…

    • at least three items from four components
    • at least 1 cup fruit

    Lunch must include…

    • at least three items
    • at least one-half cup of fruit and/or vegetable



    Nutrition facts such as calories or carbohydrates, food allergen information, or ingredient lists for Burris School Cafeteria menu items are available through Ball State’s NetNutrition program.

    With NetNutrition, you can build meals around nutritional goals, and see side-by-side nutrition fact comparisons of menu items. It also serves as a weekly online daily menu listing, allowing you to plan ahead for school meals.

    Use NetNutrition.

    Individual Dietary Needs

    Burris Cafeteria can provide dietary accommodations for any student with a medically documented condition.

    Please complete the form below and return to Burris School via fax (765-285-8260) or by emailing Jane Milleman, Burris School Nurse. If you have any questions, call the Burris School Nurse at 765-285-2340.

    Download the Dietary Restrictions form (PDF).

    Meal Prices


    • Perfect Tray for student: $2
    • Perfect tray for faculty, staff and guest: $2.25 plus tax
    • A la cart pricing is available for most menu items.


    • Perfect Tray for student: $3.30
    • Perfect Tray for faculty, staff and guests: $3.50 plus tax
    • A la cart pricing is available for most menu items.

    The Snack Zone

    • Burris charges a la cart, and most items cost 75 cents.
    • Students can purchase food from the Snack Zone using cash or Burris Bucks.
    • These items are “extras” and do not count toward a perfect tray pricing.

    Free and Reduced-Price Meals

    Applications for free or reduced-price meals (breakfast and lunch) for the 2023-2024 school year are available below.

    Download the Free and Reduced application in English (PDF).

    Read English Application Instructions (PDF).

    Download the Free and Reduced application in Spanish (PDF).

    Read Spanish Application Instructions (PDF).

    Burris Bucks

    Each student’s Burris Bucks account is the payment method for all meals and snacks. The account functions as a declining-balance debit card.

    You may purchase Burris Bucks using a Discover, Visa, or MasterCard via the Ball State University Dining Services website beginning mid-July.

    Burris Bucks are not immediately added to your account.

    • Before 5 p.m. – Purchases will be available the morning of the next business day.
    • After 5 p.m. – Purchases will be available the morning of the second following business day. For example, a purchase made at 7 p.m. on Friday will be available Tuesday morning.

    Full Nondiscrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD- 3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1) mail:

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.