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Paying for Meals

School Cafe 

Is a web-based system that allows parents to se their credit cards to deposit money on their children's lunch account. These payments can be one-time or set-up to recur when the account reaches an amount the parent specifies. Parents can also choose to receive a low balance alert when a specific account balance is reached. Parents can also review their students buying history. Register online by going to www.schoolcafe.com. You will need your students ID #, which can be found on Parent Portal.

Credit cards accepted at SchoolCafe are VISA or Master Card, or your personal debit card.

  • How do I add money/make a payment to my child’s account? You can continue to send money to school with your student or you can add money through SchoolCafé. Click here for step by step instructions. Click here for step by step instructions.
  • I made an online payment. When can my student use the payment?  Your student’s cafeteria account at the school is credited within 24 hours but may become available as quickly as 2 hours.
  • Can I receive notification when my student’s account balance is low?  Yes! Follow the steps in Set Up a Low Balance Alert.
  • Why was my account locked when making a payment? After three failed payment attempts, payment function is locked. Contact SchoolCafé to remove the lock.
  • What if I have several students in different schools?  Include as many students as you need in your account. The students can attend any school within the same district. Payments for each student are made separately.
  • Can I transfer money from one child to another?  Contact the Nutrition Services office at the school district for assistance with a transfer.
  • What happens to the money in my account at the end of the school year?  Your account balance moves with your student(s) from grade to grade and school to school within the district. Contact the Nutrition Services office at the school district for assistance with a refund, if the balance is over $10.
  • How do I receive a refund if my child changes school districts?  Contact the Nutrition Services office at the school district for assistance with a refund.

Cash or Check

Parents may pay for school meals with cash, check or at schoolcafe.com. Paying with a check, payable to ISD-833, N.S. In the memo line add  your students name and pin #.

Parents can write one check for multiple children at the same school. Provide each child's name, PIN and the amount for each account.

  1. Payable to ISD 833 NS
  2. Include child name and PIN on the memo line.
  3. As a guideline - $49 pays for a month of elementary lunches; $55 pays for a month of middle school lunches; $56 pays for a month of high school lunches.