Paying for School Meals

Families can now apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals ONLINE!
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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.

Meal Prices:

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.

Unpaid Meal Charge Policies

Elementary Schools Charge Policy
Middle Schools Charge Policy
High Schools Charge Policy

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.

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