Paying For School Lunch

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

Parents have three options to put money in their child's lunch account:

  1. PayPams Online: This is a secure online payment system for parents and students to pay for school meals. PayPams provides the ability to check account balances and monitor what your student is choosing to eat at any time. The site charges a convenience fee of $1.95 per student for each payment submitted online. To use PayPams, create an account at The site will take a credit card for payment or they are able to take payments from your bank account.
  2. Check - Write a check to Child Nutrition and mail to 215 N 1st Ave East, Duluth, 55802, or to the School Cafe and send with the student to school. The student name and student number are required on the check memo line.
  3. Cash - Parents may send cash in a sealed envelope with the student's name printed on the envelope. The student's teacher will turn the envelope in to the cafe for deposit in the student's account, or student's may pay cash on a daily basis at the register.

Families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price meals:

  1. Apply Online:
    Families can 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 at 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 Money will be withdrawn from the meal account.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: Through PayPams online, parents may check balances from any computer at any time. Parents 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.

Meal Fees

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

Elementary Lunch (K-5)

  • Full Price - $2.50
  • 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 - $2.75
  • Reduced Price - Due to recently passed state legislation, students eligible for reduced price meals may eat breakfast and lunch at No Charge.

Adult Meals

  • Price - $4.00

Milk Price

  • ½ Pint - $.50

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

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