Each lunch period at Marshall is 55 minutes long with 25 minutes for recess and 30 minutes for eating.



You can send a lunch with your child or buy a District prepared lunch. The District will send home a monthly menu along with more information about the lunch program.


To pay for lunch in school, Parents/Guardians can send in cash or checks to the school in order to prepay your child’s account, bring cash/checks directly to Columbia High School to fund a lunch account, or open a lunch account through MyPaymentsPlus. To open an account with PaySchools Centra, you need to obtain your student's lunch ID number.  Contact SOMSD Food Services department @-973-762-5600 Ext. 1002 for that information.


Click here to open an account with PaySchools Central



A lunch account with PaySchools Central is not required to participate in the lunch program.


Your child may qualify to receive a District lunch free or at a reduced rate. The forms to qualify for a free or reduced cost lunch will be sent home the first week of school or you can download the form here.


Lunch Process

Students enter the cafetorium and go directly to their class’ assigned table(s). A Lunch Monitor directs them to the lunch line while the students who brought a lunch begin eating.


Lunch Monitors and Parent Volunteers are with students during their lunch period. They assist students in opening food containers and juice boxes during the first few weeks of school, answer questions, and try to maintain order in the lunchroom. Lunch Monitors and Parent Volunteers are not able to monitor what your child eats or throws away. A helpful strategy is to involve your child in the food selection process.


Interested in volunteering? You can reach out to volunteers@marshall-pta.org for more information.



When the weather cooperates, students may use the playground equipment or walk on the path. Recess aides can also provide students with games and activities such as hula hoops and jump ropes. For inclement weather, students will remain inside in classrooms, the library, cafetorium, gym, or other designated locations for their class. There are different kinds of board games to play, as well as word searches or crossword puzzles to complete. Paper is always available for drawing and coloring. Students and recess aides will also use various techniques and technologies to promote movement during indoor recess.