By: Ian Zimmerman,

We’ve got spirit, yes we do…We’ve got Dwolla, how about you?

If only my parents and I would have had the convenience of Dwolla back when I was eating Salisbury steaks and chicken nuggets for lunch every day. It would have saved my parents countless headaches (and me from getting yelled at for losing their lunch money check) on a fairly regular basis.

school lunch

Well children and parents of 2013 – have no fear! Dwolla could soon be accepted in your local school district.

School district BCLUW (Beaman, Conrad, Liscomb, Union, and Whitten) here in Iowa now allows parents, guardians, friends and relatives to easily make online payments to a child’s lunch account by following the simple steps advertised on BCLUW’s website.

The advantages of using Dwolla in this scenario:

  1. Convenience. No more having to write checks. One can now make a lunch payment from the convenience of their own home.
  2. Cost. It’s completely free for the parents to add money into their child’s lunch account, and it only costs the school $0.25 to receive it with payments $10 and under being completely free. In the end, this is going to save a school district a considerable amount of money compared to costly credit and debit card fees, or the work involved in accepting and processing checks.
  3. Safety. No more having to worry about a personal check getting from point A to point B, or getting lost on the playground. With Dwolla, all transactions are securely encrypted.
  4. Recurring payments. Schedule a recurring payment to be sent from your account to the school on a weekly, bimonthly, or monthly basis.

Whether you are reading this as a student, parent or school administrator, we applaud you for being innovative and thinking outside of the [lunch]box. If you think Dwolla would be a good fit for your school district, we invite you to take the next step and reach out to me at or 1.888.289.8744 to discuss how you can get Dwolla accepted at your school.

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