Paying for School Meals

Meal Prices

Each day we serve nearly 30,000 meals, providing our students with the nutrition necessary for healthy growth and academic success.

Breakfast: $2.00
Lunch: $3.00
(no charge for Reduced price meals)

Breakfast: $2.25
Lunch: $3.25
(no charge for Reduced price meals)

Breakfast: $3.25
Lunch: $4.75

Paying for School Meals

We offer a variety of convenient ways to pay for school meals. Checks and cash are always accepted by the manager of the lunchroom either as a pre-paid deposit to a student's account or for purchasing individual meals or milk/juice. Please make checks payable toNutrition Services.

PayPams: online payment for school meals

Meals can also be paid for with a credit card online or by phone using PayPams.

Note: PayPams require the student's Student ID number or meal account pin number (provided by the school). The Student ID number can be found on report cards or by accessing The Source.  PayPams charges users a payment transaction of $ 1.95 per student for each transaction. Click to learn more about PayPams.

Student Meal Account Refund or Transfer of Funds


To request a refund or a transfer of your student's meal account balance, please complete the Student Meal Account Refund/Transfer Request form.  Please allow 3-4 weeks for refunds to be processed. A transfer of funds is available for siblings who attend Seattle Public Schools.

Qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meals

Your child may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. All students who qualify receive meals free of charge. Learn more and apply for free or reduced priced meal benefits.

If your student qualifies for free or reduced price meals, discounted or free school services may also be available. Ask your school for more information about benefits available at your school as benefits vary from school to school.

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