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 Student Meals
All students are eligible to purchase one complete breakfast and one complete lunch per school day. Lunch comes with an entree, unlimited fruits and vegetables and milk. Additional milk or milk only purchases are $.50 each.
Please note, there is no need to create a student meal account. Below are instructions about how students purchase school meals by grade level.
Students scan their meal card in the barcode scanner at the point-of-service in the school cafeteria.
Students enter their 6-digit student ID into a pin pad or scan their student body card with a barcode scanner at the point-of-service in the school cafeteria.
To opt out of school meals, a parent/guardian can send a meal restriction request in writing to email@example.com. The restriction will remain on the account indefinitely until a written request is submitted to have it removed.
To pay for school meals, families have the following options:
Bring cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) to the cafeteria.
Mail a check to the district office. PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227.
Pay online with SchoolCafe at www.schoolcafe.com/pps or download the mobile app. Please note, there is a 5% fee per online transaction.
Setup online bill pay with your financial institution. Some may charge a fee for this service. Please check with your financial institution for more information.
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.