Paying For School Lunch

To provide efficient service, ISD 709 school cafeterias operate on a pre-paid lunch system.  Families put money in a school lunch account and students enter a computer code each day to pay for their lunch. 

There are three ways to put money in your child's lunch account:

  1. PayPams Online:  A secure, convenient online payment system. Check account balances and monitor what your student is choosing to eat at any time. A convenience fee of $1.95 per student is charged by the site for each payment submitted online. To use PayPams, create an account at The site will take a credit card for payment or receive payments from your bank account.
  2. Check - Write a check to Child Nutrition and mail to 401 N 44th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55807, or send with your student to school. Student name and student number are required on the check memo line.
  3. Cash - Send cash in a sealed envelope with your student's name printed on the envelope. Your child's teacher will send it to the school cafe for deposit.  Your student may also pay cash on a daily basis at the register.
Families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price meals: 
All children use the school lunchroom keypad to input their student number when receiving meals.  There's no difference between students who receive free/reduced price lunch and those who don't. Applying is easy and confidential, choose which works best for you: 
  1. Apply Online:
    Apply anywhere, anytime - the process is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7. Data is transmitted to your local school district office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing. Families qualifying for free/reduced school meals may also qualify for reduced school activity fees.
  2. OR download the application and return by mail or to your school office.
  3. OR request a hard copy form by calling 218-336-8707 and submit by mail or drop off at your school office.
How are returned checks handled? 
Money will be withdrawn from the meal account. Returned checks are subject to a $30.00 service charge.  Consistent with the treatment of other debts owed to the school district, all outstanding debt related to the lunch program will be subject to handling by a collection agency.
How do I know when my child's lunch account is running low?
PayPams Online: Check balances any time using PayPams. Families can also choose to receive an e-mail from PayPams when the account reaches a certain balance (suggested amount is $10.00).
Infinite Campus Parent Portal: Parents can check Infinite Campus Parent Portal for their lunch balance.


School Meal Fees

Breakfast is offered at no cost at all school cafeterias each day before school starts.

ISD 709 District Policy regarding unpaid meal charges: DISTRICT POLICY 534 .PDF
Elementary Lunch (K-5)
  • Full Price - $2.70
  • Reduced Price - Due to recently passed state legislation, students eligible for reduced price meals may eat breakfast and lunch at No Charge.
Secondary Lunch (6-12)
  • Full Price - $2.95
  • Reduced Price - Due to recently passed state legislation, students eligible for reduced price meals may eat breakfast and lunch at No Charge.
Adult Meals
  • Lunch price - $4.95  Breakfast price - $2.25
Milk Price
  • ½ Pint - $.50

A la carte items (yogurt or bottles of water, etc.) are priced individually and not included in meal prices. If your child plans to purchase a la carte items, please put additional funds in their meal account.

Monthly Cost of Lunches

General Cafeteria Information