Purchasing School Meals

  • PURCHASING STUDENT MEALS

    IMPORTANT 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION: Due to a national waiver, students are eligible to receive one complete breakfast and one complete lunch per school day at no cost.

    Milk can be purchased for $.50 since it is not a reimbursable meal.

     

    PURCHASING ADULT MEALS

    Adult staff and partners working at a Portland Public School can purchase school meals. An adult breakfast is $2.50 and an adult lunch is $5.00. A lunch includes a main entree with unlimited fruits and vegetables and a milk.

    Additional a la carte milk is available for $.50 each.

     

    The purchasing options for adult meals are listed below:

     OPTION 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.

     

    OPTION 2: Pay with cash or check with an account

    • Fill out the adult meal account request form to have an account created in the Nutrition Services software.
    • You will receive an email notification when your account has been created.
    • Bring cash or check payable to Portland Public Schools to the school cafeteria. The funds will be deposited into your account.
    • Meal charges will be deducted from the balance each time a purchase is made.
    • There must be enough funds in the account to cover the cost of a purchase or the purchase cannot be made. 

     

    OPTION 3: Pre-pay with a debit or credit card with a SchoolCafé account. SchoolCafé is a secure online meal payment system.

    • Fill out the adult meal account request form to be added in the Nutrition Services software.
    • You will receive an email notification when you have been added.
    • Create a SchoolCafé account online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps or download the mobile app.
    • Add yourself to the account, like a parent would add a student to their account
    • Add funds with a debit or credit card*, **
    • The meal charge will be deducted from the balance each time a purchase is made.
    • There must be enough funds in the account to cover the cost of a purchase or the purchase cannot be made.

    *Currently, SchoolCafé does not accept American Express.

    **SchoolCafé charges a 5% fee per online transaction, with a minimum $15 payment.

     

    SCHOOLCAFE INSTRUCTIONS

    SchoolCafé Guide for Adult Accounts

     

    REFUND INFORMATION

    Staff can submit a refund request anytime via the following options:

    • Online refund request form
    • Email: nssupport@pps.net (provide the name to make the check payable to and the complete address to send the check to)
    • Call: 503.916.3247 (provide the name to make the check payable to and the complete address to send the check to)

     

    WHOM TO CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS

    • For general meal account related questions, please contact PPS Nutrition Services Support at nssupport@pps.net or call 503.916.3247.
    • For SchoolCafé online transaction related questions, please contact SchoolCafé Support at 1.855.729.2328.
  • 2021-22  Adult Menu Prices

    Breakfast Lunch
    $2.50 $5.00
  • SchoolCafe