Frequently Asked Questions about Payments
How much does breakfast and lunch cost?
How do I pay for my child(ren)'s meals?
There are several ways to make a payment on their meal accounts. Go to www.paypams.com and set up an online account where you can pay from home. Automatic recurring payments, email notifications on balances and other features are available. All of your children will be on one account. Use credit cards, debit cards or bank account transfers.
The PayPAMS Mobile App is available for Android and iPhone. Make payments, view meal account balance, cafeteria purchases, and payment history, all from the convenience of a smart phone. Personalize the App by adding student pictures. It's easy! Start by downloading the PayPAMS App, searching for "PayPAMS" on Android's Google Play or the iPhone's App Store, then log in using your PAYPAMS.com username and password. The PayPAMS App is free.
OR send a check or cash with your children to school. Put in an envelope marked with the student’s name and meal account keypad number. Checks must only be for Nutrition Services, made out to Saint Paul Nutrition Services, with the name of your child in the memo line and phone number on the check. Change can not be given for checks or cash.
How will I know when I need to add more money?
Each Thursday a phone call is made to families with low and negative balances. School cafeterias also send reminder notices home with students. Balances can be viewed at www.paypams.com or on the Parent Portal site (2 day delay). You may also call the school cafeteria.
How do my kids enter their number from lunch?
Students enter in their student ID number on the keypad. Click here to print practice keypad sheet in your preferred language.
Will my kids be refused a meal if they have a negative balance?
No, but students without funds to pay may receive a cheese sandwich and milk. Any money remaining at the end of the school year will transfer to next year, even if they transfer to another St. Paul Public School or you may request a refund or transfer the funds to a sibling.
If my child qualifies for Free lunch, how does the account balance become negative?
Parents are responsible for any meal account charges until the application is processed. It is not immediately effective when you turn in the application. You will receive a letter from Nutrition Services with the effective date they can get free or reduced lunches. Until then, please send money for their lunch and/or breakfast.
Can students receive extras if they are still hungry?
All students are able to purchase a second breakfast for $2.35 or lunch for $4.00. The higher meal price is because we do not receive Federal and State reimbursements for second meals. The cafeterias also have a "seconds" table where students can put any unopened, wrapped item that they are not able to eat. Any student who is still hungry can choose items from the "seconds" table.
Are students able to purchase extra items?
The high schools offer an a la carte line ("Good to Go") where they sell a variety of food items from beverages to snacks. The middle schools offer a more limited a la carte line. In the elementary schools, students may purchase any item that is on the menu for that day. Price lists are posted in the cafeterias.