At the end of the school year, all student account balances (positive and negative) automatically rollover to the following school year. If a PPS student transfers or transitions to another PPS school, for example, from 5th grade to middle school, or 8th grade to high school, families do not need to contact PPS Nutrition Services to transfer the funds. The funds are linked to the student's 6-digit student ID#, not the school they attend.
Families have the following options to pay for school meals:
Pay as you go: Bring cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) directly to the cafeteria*
Prepay for meals with cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) in the cafeteria*. Funds will be deposited into the student meal account. Purchases will be deducted from the account balance.
Pay with a debit/credit card using SchoolCafe, a secure online meal payment system. NOTE: There is a minimum payment of $15 and a 5% fee per online transaction.
*Payments can be dropped off at the school office. Please put the payment in an envelope labeled 'cafeteria'. Checks can also be mailed to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227.
Purchasing Adult Meals
Adult staff and partners working at a Portland Public School can purchase school meals. An adult breakfast is $3.00 and an adult lunch is $5.50. A lunch includes a main entree with unlimited fruits and vegetables and milk. Additional a la carte milk is available for $.50 each. The purchasing options for adult meals are listed below:
1. Pay as you go. No account needed
Bring exact cash* or check payable to Portland Public Schools to the school cafeteria. Cafeteria staff do not provide change. To carryover a credit balance, consider creating a meal account, OPTION 2.
Meals cannot be purchased unless payments are made at the time of purchase.